Literary Culture and Female Authorship in Canada 1760-2000

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Rodopi, Jan 1, 2003 - Literary Criticism - 245 pages
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"There are two ladies in the province, I am told, who read," writes Frances Brooke's Arabella Fermor, "but both are above fifty and are regarded as prodigies of erudition." Brooke's "The History of Emily Montague "(1769) was the first work of fiction to be set in Canada, and also the first book to reflect on the situation of the woman writer there. Her analysis of the experience of writing in Canada is continued by the five other writers considered in this study - Susanna Moodie, Sara Jeannette Duncan, L.M. Montgomery, Margaret Atwood and Carol Shields. All of these authors examine the social position of the woman of letters in Canada, the intellectual stimulation available to her, the literary possibilities of Canadian subject-matter, and the practical aspects of reading, writing, and publishing in a (post)colonial country. This book turns on the ways in which those aspects of authorship and literary culture in Canada have been inscribed in imaginative, autobiographical and critical texts by the six authors. It traces the evolving situation of the Canadian woman writer over the course of two centuries, and explores the impact of social and cultural change on the experience of writing in Canada.
  

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Contents

A daughter of the Muses Frances Brookes History of Emily Montague
1
Susanna Moodie and the sin of authorship
17
Sara Jeannette Duncan in the camp of the Philistines
47
Pure Canadian LM Montgomery and her Emily Trilogy
81
Influential Circles Carol Shields and the Canadian Literary Canon
115
Forest and fairy stuff Margaret Atwoods Wilderness Tips
135
Margaret Atwood Carol Shields and that Moodie bitch
167
Conclusion
205
Susanna Moodie and Catharine Parr Traill in Contemporary Canadian Literature
211
Works Cited
215
Index
231
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Faye Hammill is a senior lecturer in English at Cardiff University in Wales.

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