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Maria Zytaruk

  • Associate Professor

Professional Description

Maria Zytaruk (Ph.D. Toronto) specializes in early modern literature and culture.  Recent and forthcoming publications include an article, "Artifacts of Elegy:  The Foundling Hospital Tokens," in The Journal of British Studies (April 2015); an article, "America's First Circulating Museum:  The Object Collection in the Library Company of Philadelphia," Museum History Journal (forthcoming January 2017); and an article "Cabinets of Curiosities and the Organization of Knowledge" (University of Toronto Quarterly Winter 2011, 80.1 pp. 1-23).  In April 2015, she was the Anthony and Beatrice Garvan Fellow in American Material Culture at the Library Company of Philadelphia.  In July 2016, she was researcher in residence at the Centre for Arts and Humanities Research at London's Natural History Museum.  She recently curated a small exhibition for the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library on Victorian books with mounted natural history specimens (profiled by the art forum Hyperallergic, http://hyperallergic.com/317793/victorian-scrapbooks-of-flowers-from-the-holy-land/).  In December 2016, her radio documentary on seed banks will air on CBC's Ideas program.

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