|Citizenship||Canadian and German|
|Fields||Modern Literature and Culture|
|Institutions||University of Prince Edward Island
|Known for||- Modernism
- Canadian Women’s Heritage
Irene Gammel is a literary historian, biographer, and curator. She has published numerous books including Baroness Elsa, a groundbreaking cultural biography of New York Dada artist and poet Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven, and Looking for Anne of Green Gables, revealing the hidden life of Canadian author L.M. Montgomery during the writing of her classic novel Anne of Green Gables. Together with Suzanne Zelazo, Gammel published Crystal Flowers: Poems and a Libretto by Florine Stettheimer, and Body Sweats: The Uncensored Writings of Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven, the first major English collection of the Baroness's poems. Both books were selected for the New York Times’ notable art books for 2011.
Gammel holds a PhD (1992) and MA (1987) in English from McMaster University, and a Staatsexamen’s degree from the Universität des Saarlandes in Germany. She taught at the University of Prince Edward Island and held Visiting Professorships at the Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena and Erfurt Universität in Germany. She also served as the President of the Canadian Comparative Literature Association. In 2009, she was elected a member of the Royal Society of Canada.
Irene Gammel curated Anne of Green Gables: A Literary Icon at 100, a cross-Canada centennial exhibition in 2008. With June Creelman, she curated Reflecting on Anne of Green Gables, Souvenirs d’Anne… La maison aux pignons verts at the Library and Archives Canada.
Biography / Non-fiction
Looking for Anne: How Lucy Maud Montgomery Dreamed Up a Literary Classic. Toronto: Key Porter Books and New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2008.
Baroness Elsa: Gender, Dada, and Everyday Modernity—A Cultural Biography. Cambridge: MIT Press, 2002.
Die Dada Baroness: Das wilde Leben der Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven. Berlin: Ebersbach, 2003.
Sexualizing Power in Naturalism: Theodore Dreiser and Frederick Philip Grove. Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 1994.
Body Sweats: The Uncensored Writings of Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven. Cambridge: MIT Press, 2011 (with S. Zelazo).
Crystal Flowers: Poetry and a Libretto by Florine Stettheimer. Toronto: BookThug, 2010. (with S. Zelazo)
Anne’s World: A New Century of Anne of Green Gables. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2010. (with B. Lefebvre)
I Got Lusting Palate: Dada Verse by Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven. Berlin: edition ebersbach, 2005.
The Intimate Life of L.M. Montgomery. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2002.
Making Avonlea: L. M. Montgomery and Popular Culture. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2002.
Confessional Politics: Women's Sexual Self-Representations in Lifewriting and Popular Media. Carbondale and Edwardsville: Southern Illinois University Press, 1999.
L.M. Montgomery and Canadian Culture. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1999 (with E. Epperly).
Honors and awards
2009, elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada
- Anne of Green Gables Centenary – This site includes information about the centenary anniversary of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables
- Modern Literature and Culture – This site includes information about the Canada Research Chair program in Modern Literature and Culture
- Canada Research Chairs
- Looking for Anne Trailer
- Key Porter Books
- St. Martin’s Press
- Ryerson University