2020 Contributors


Christina Anto

Christina Anto is fascinated by intertextuality and reading non-traditional texts through critical lenses. As an MA candidate in the Literatures of Modernity program, she hopes to contribute to the growing body of research in digital narratives and video game studies. In the Modernity and the Visual digital project she focuses primarily on the art, literature, and critical approach of The Dial.



Samantha Baran

Samantha Baran is a master’s student in Ryerson University’s Literatures of Modernity program. Her research focuses on psychoanalysis with a primary interest in the Victorian period and Modernism. She is also a student at The Chang School where she is pursuing a publishing certificate.



Eli Burley

Eli Burley is an MA candidate in the Literatures of Modernity program at Ryerson University. He attended Concordia University for his undergrad, earning a double major in English/Creative Writing and Western Society/Culture. He has been a member of editorial collectives at both Lemon Hound and the White Wall Review.



Harleigh Keriazes

Harleigh Keriazes is currently an MA student in Ryerson’s Literatures of Modernity Program. After having spent much of her undergraduate degree in English and recently completing Humber’s Creative Book Publishing Program she is well-versed in communicating through digital publishing. Her research interests include Victorian Literature, Fairy Tales, and how they influence modern storytelling. She is thrilled to be contributing to digital scholarship this year.



Laraib Khan

Laraib Khan is a MA candidate of Literature of Modernity at Ryerson University. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto, with a double major in Psychology and English and a minor in Arts. Her research interests include feminist studies, post-colonialism, rise of the avant-garde movement and modernism in the Victorian era. She wants to address these issues through art: she is interested in incorporating scholarly research and publicizing her findings through artistic mediums such as photography, or creative writing.



Lorraine Janzen Kooistra

Professor of English at Ryerson University, Lorraine has been fascinated by image/text relations and print culture since her grad school days. Her research in modernity and the visual focuses on little magazines of the 1890s and their digital remediation on The Yellow Nineties 2.0.



Alevtina Lapiy

Alevtina Lapiy is a writer, editor, and graduate student in the Literatures of Modernity program at Ryerson.



Vanessa Mainella

Vanessa Maninella is currently a student in Ryerson’s Literatures of Modernity MA program. She is the managing editor of Ryerson’s White Wall Review literary magazine and operates a freelance editing business in her spare time. She loves fantasy fiction and delving into the history of fairy tales. Vanessa aspires to work for a Canadian publishing house and help bring stories to life.



Sabrina Pavelic

Sabrina Pavelic is currently an MA student in the Literatures of Modernity program at Ryerson University. She graduated from the University of Western Ontario with an Honours Degree in English Language and Literature and a Minor in History. Before beginning her MA degree, Sabrina took a year off to work. She became a writer, editor, and designer for View the Vibe and Swagger Magazine as well as a Bilingual Editor at Captivate. After completing the Literatures of Modernity program, Sabrina hopes to continue honing her skills in editing, writing, and research.



Shubhneet Sandhu

Shubhneet Sandhu is a MA student in the Literatures of Modernity program at Ryerson University. She earned her BA in English at Glendon College. Her interests include children’s literature, Canadian fiction, and 19th-century literature. She is especially interested in the development and changes that occur in literature due to great social, economic and political forces at play in different time periods. Part of what makes fin de siècle little magazines so fascinating to her is how they positioned themselves within the social context in which they were constructed, as either manifestations of change or counterculture.



Rosabel Smegal

Rosabel Smegal is an M.A. candidate in the Literatures of Modernity program at Ryerson University. She has a B.A. in English and Literature and Critical Theory from the University of Toronto. She is also the Promotions Manager, and soon to be Research Assistant, for the White Wall Review, a creative writing journal seeking to publish up-and-coming voices across North America. Her research interests lie within modern readership, publishing, and literary reception.



Paula Stanco

Paula Stanco is an MA student in the Literatures of Modernity program at Ryerson University. In her undergraduate studies at Ryerson University, she studied English literature and explored several courses like 19th-century literature and culture, Gothic works, and fairy tales and fantasies. Her interests include visual culture, TV and film, and literature.



Helena Wright

Helena Wright is a candidate in the Literatures of Modernity program; she completed her Bachelor’s degree in English and Philosophy at Ryerson University in May 2020. Her areas of interest include critical theory, education, and media, and she enjoys exploring the intersections between literature and art. Her hobbies include reading, gardening, and swimming, and Helena takes pride in her collection of vining plants.