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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Arts
December 3, 2016
Canadian Excellence

Dr. Maria DiCenzo

Professor and English Undergraduate Advisor

Contact Information
Phone: 519-884-0710 ext.3985

Office Location: 3-128 Woods Bldg. ext 3985

Languages Spoken


Academic Background
  • Professor 
  • PhD (McMaster)
  • MA (Queen's)
  • BA (McMaster)

Research Interests:

  • feminist media history (late 19th and early 20th-century women's print media and social movements in Britain), feminism and the interwar period, 20th-century British political theatre


  • Feminist Media History: Suffrage, Periodicals and the Public Sphere. With Lucy Delap and Leila Ryan. Palgrave, 2011.
  • Feminism and the Periodical Press, 1900-1918 (3 Volumes). Co-edited with Lucy Delap and Leila Ryan. Routledge, History of Feminism Series, 2006.
  • The Politics of Alternative Theatre 1968-1990: The Case of 7:84 (Scotland) (Cambridge University Press, 1996).

Journals Edited:

  • "Feminisms and Print Culture 1830-1930 in the Digital Age." Co-edited with Cynthia Comacchio, Susan Hamilton, Alison Lee, Linda Mahood, and Leila Ryan. Special Issue of Women's Studies International Forum. 29: 3 (May-June), 2006.  
  • Guest editor, "Italian Canadian Theatre," special issue of Canadian Theatre Review 104 (Fall 2000).

Selected Recent Articles and Chapters: 

  • Maria DiCenzo, Judit Acsády, Balázs Sipos, and David Hudson. “Mediating the National and the International: Women, Journalism and Hungary in the Aftermath of the First World War.” Women Activists Between War and Peace: Europe, 1918-1923. Ed. Ingrid Sharp and Matthew Stibbe. Bloomsbury Press (Forthcoming 2017).
  • (With Alexis Motus). “Politicizing the Home: Welfare Feminism and the Feminist Press in Interwar Britain.” Women: A Cultural Review. (Forthcoming 2016).
  • "Remediating the Past: Doing 'Periodical Studies' in the Digital Era." English Studies in Canada 41:1 (2015): 19-39.
  • "An Interview with Maria DiCenzo, London 2011" by Kristin Skoog. Westminster Papers in Communication and Culture 8:3 (2012):
  • "Pressing the Public: Nineteenth Century Feminist Periodicals and 'the Press." Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies 6.2 (Summer 2010).
  • "Transatlantic Print Culture: The Anglo-American Feminist Press and Emerging Modernities" (with Lucy Delap). Transatlantic Print Culture, 1880-1940: Emerging Media, Emerging Modernisms. Ed. Ann Ardis and Patrick Collier. Palgrave 2008. 48-65.
  • "Feminism, Theatre Criticism, and the Modern Drama." South Central Review 25.1 (Spring 2008): 36-55. 
  • "Neglected News: Women and Print Media, 1890-1928" (with Leila Ryan). Residual Media. Ed. Charles Acland. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2007. 239-256.
  • "Consuming ‘Italian’: Comics, Cooks and Gangsters in Ethnic Commodity Culture." Co-authored with Graham Knight. Italian Canadiana (2006)
  • "Justifying Their Modern Sisters: History Writing and the Women’s Suffrage Movement." Victorian Review 31:1 (2005): 40-61.
  • "Feminist Media and History: A Response to James Curran." Media History 10: 1, 2004: 43-50.
  • "Theatre, Theory, and Politics: The Contribution of John McGrath" in Freedom's Pioneer: John McGrath's Work in Theatre, Film and Television. Eds. David Bradby and Susanna Capon (University of Exeter Press, 2004))
  • "Gutter Politics: Women Newsies and the Suffrage Press" in Women's History Review 12.1 (Winter 2003)
  • "Militant Distribution: Votes for Women and the Public Sphere" in Media History 6.2 (December 2000)
  • "Creative Economies: New Right Hegemony and Cultural Funding" in British Journal of Canadian Studies 13.2 (Feb./March 1998)

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