Launching Yellow Nineties 2.0



Reg Beatty is a bookbinder, book artist and designer. He has maintained a studio in Toronto since 1992, lectured at a variety of institutions, and taught bookarts and book design at OCADU, York University and Sheridan College. As project manager and in-house designer at Toronto Metropolitan University’s Centre for Digital Humanities, he helped create the new interface and content management system for Yellow Nineties 2.0. He received an MA in communications and culture at TMU/York, where his major project investigated the algorithmic book. His work has been exhibited in the United States, Europe, Japan, and across Canada.

Jason Boyd is an Associate Professor in the Department of English at TMU, and the Director of the Centre for Digital Humanities. He is a specialist in Digital Humanities, with research foci in digital editing and text analysis, critical codes studies, electronic literature and digital games. With Craig Jennex, he recently launched Wilde ‘82: A Conference of Some Importance  and directs Stories in Play , which includes the Playable Stories Archive and the Unarchived podcast. He has been fortunate to be a Collaborator on the Yellow Nineties project from its earliest days.

Sarah Bull is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English at Toronto Metropolitan University. Her work on nineteenth-century print culture, medicine, and sexuality has been published in a variety of journals, most recently Book History and the Journal of the History of Sexuality. Her monograph, Selling Sexual Knowledge: Medical Publishing and Obscenity in Victorian Britain, is forthcoming from Cambridge University Press. Her edited volume of primary sources, Pornography and Science, is forthcoming from Routledge.

Susan Brown is Canada Research Chair in Collaborative Digital Scholarship and Professor of English at the University of Guelph. Her work explores intersectional feminism, literary history, semantic technologies, and online knowledge infrastructures. She co-directs the Orlando Project and leads the Canadian Writing Research Collaboratory and the Linked Infrastructure for Networked Cultural Scholarship.

Koenraad Claes is an administrator at the University of Cambridge and a Visiting Research Fellow at Anglia Ruskin University. He is the author of The Late-Victorian Little Magazine (Edinburgh University Press, 2018) and, with Elizabeth Ludlow, editor of the forthcoming collection The Nineteenth-Century Present: Literature, Print Culture and Historicity (Manchester University Press, 2024). He is Biographies Acquisitions Editor for Yellow Nineties 2.0.

Constance Crompton (she/her) is a white, queer, able-bodied settler and Canada Research Chair in Digital Humanities. She directs the University of Ottawa’s Labo de données en sciences humaines/The Humanities Data Lab. She is a member of several research project teams: Lesbian and Gay Liberation in Canada, Linked Infrastructure for Networked Cultural Scholarship, the Implementing New Knowledge Environments Partnership, and the Transgender Media Portal. She is the co-editor of two volumes, Doing Digital Humanities and Doing More Digital Humanities (Routledge 2016, 2020) She lives and works on unceded Algonquin land.

Emma Fraschetti (she/her) holds a BA in English and a MA in Literatures of Modernity from Toronto Metropolitan University, where she was a Research Assistant at the Centre for Digital Humanities. Joining the Y90s project in 2019 as an undergraduate research scholar, Emma worked primarily on the Venture Digital Edition. She is currently completing a BEd at York University where she aspires to bring her passion for learning and Y90s background into the classroom for students of all ages.

Marion Tempest Grant (she/her) is a PhD Candidate in the Communication and Culture Program at York University. Her research investigates women’s creative productions and organizations during the British Arts and Crafts movement. She has published on Green Sheaf editor Pamela Colman Smith in an article for Nineteenth Century Gender Studies and in a co-authored chapter with Lorraine Janzen Kooistra for Nineteenth-century Women Illustrators and Cartoonists (MUP 2023).

Alison Hedley has a PhD in Communication and Culture from Toronto Metropolitan University.. At the Centre for Digital Humanities, she contributed to the Yellow Nineties Personography from 2014 to 2022, first as team lead and then as editor. In 2021, she completed a SSHRC postdoctoral fellowship at McGill and published a book based on her dissertation, titled Making Pictorial Print: Media Literacy and Mass Culture in British Magazines, 1885-1918. It’s part of the Studies in Book and Print Culture series from the University of Toronto Press. Alison is the Operations Coordinator for Recherche Antimodular, the production studio of artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, in Montreal.

Leslie Howsam (FRSC) is Emerita Professor of History at the University of Windsor and a Senior Research Fellow of the Centre for Digital Humanities at Toronto Metropolitan University. Leslie’s research on the history of the book in modern Britain ranges from bible-printing to literary publishing, to the intersection between a transformed historical discipline and a burgeoning print culture. She is the author of Past into Print: the Publishing of History in Britain 1850-1950 (British Library 2009) and editor of The Cambridge Companion to the History of the Book (Cambridge UP 2015). Her research memoir Eliza Orme’s Ambitions: Law and Politics in Victorian London has just appeared from Open Book Publishers.

Christopher Keep is an Associate Professor at Western University, and the editor of the Victorian Review. He has published widely on Victorian information technologies, disability studies, and the scientific study of the occult. His critical edition of the decadent magazine The Savoy was published on Yellow Nineties 2.0 last year.

Frederick King is an Assistant Professor at Dalhousie University. His monograph, Queer books of late-Victorian print culture is forthcoming in May 2024 with the Edinburgh University Press series, Nineteenth Century and Neo-Victorian Cultures. He is the editor of The Pageant: A Digital Edition for Yellow Nineties 2.0 and a member of the Centre for Digital Humanities at Toronto Metropolitan University.

Lorraine Janzen Kooistra is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and Emerita Professor of English at Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson). She is Senior Research Fellow and Founding Co-Director Emerita at TMU’s Centre for Digital Humanities. Lorraine has published widely on the illustrated books and periodicals that flourished in the late-nineteenth century; her monographs include The Artist as Critic: Bitextuality in Fin-de-Siècle Illustrated Books; Christina Rossetti and Illustration: A Publishing History; and Poetry, Pictures, and Popular Publishing: The Illustrated Gift Book and Victorian Visual Culture 1855-1875. Lorraine directs Yellow Nineties 2.0, an open-access digital resource for the study of late-Victorian little magazines of art and literature in the context of their production and reception between 1889 and 1905.

Val Lem is the Acting Head of the Collection Services Department of the TMU Libraries. For more than twenty years he served as a liaison librarian working with the English Department and others and has been a longtime coordinator of the library partnership with the English instructors of SSH205. Inspired by the vision of then Chief Librarian Cathy Matthews, Val became a supporter of the Yellow Nineties project and acquired many of the publications featured in the website.

Rebecca Martin (she/her/hers) holds a BA with majors in Fine Arts and English and a minor in Art History from Mount Allison University as well as an MA in Literatures of Modernity from Toronto Metropolitan University, where she was a Research Assistant and Associate Research Fellow at the Centre for Digital Humanities. She has published peer-reviewed papers on American historical fiction and digital humanities and her professional experience includes roles in business development in the public opinion research sector. She is currently completing a Master of Landscape Architecture at the University of Toronto where she hopes to apply her background towards designing resilient urban landscapes that foster connection to place and joy.

Azadeh Monzavi is a researcher/artist and Ph.D. Candidate in the Communication and Culture program at Toronto Metropolitan University. Her material approaches include upcycling used fabrics and exploring ‘found’ objects through social encounters with users and designers of textiles and clothing. Her work explores concepts of social justice, home, belonging, and identity within global contexts. Through her research-creation, she interrogates the decolonizing potential of textile practices as a form of communicative media within broader and interrelated frameworks of intersectional feminist activism and visual culture. Her piece Namesake (2022) is in the Canada Council Art Bank collection, and she has recently completed a residency with the Textile Museum of Canada.

Detail of "Almanac" by Nellie Baxter, The Evergreen, Vol. 4. 1896-97.

Detail: Nellie Baxter, “Almanac,” The Evergreen, Vol. 4. 1896-97.