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Telling Tales
Essays in Western Women's History
Catherine A. Cavanaugh   Randi R. Warne  

$97.00 Hardcover
Release Date: 9/15/2000
ISBN: 9780774807944    

$34.95 Paperback
Release Date: 2/1/2001
ISBN: 9780774807951    

372 Pages


About the Book

Women played a vital role in the shaping of the West in Canada between the 1880s and 1940s. Yet surprisingly little is known about their contributions or the differences sex and gender made to the opportunities and obstacles women encountered. Telling Tales contributes to the rewriting of western Canada’s past by integrating women into the shifting power matrix of class, race, and gender that undergirded its colonization and settlement.

This book cover a range of topics -- African-American settlement on Vancouver Island, prairie childbirth narratives, and Mennonites as domestic servants are but three examples. They focus on women of both minority and dominant cultures and reflect the West’s characteristically mixed population. Telling Tales challenges founding myths of the region and invites a retelling of the story of western Canadian colonization and settlement.

About the Author(s)

Catherine A. Cavanaugh (editor) teaches women's studies in the Centre for Work and Community Studies at Athabasca University.

Randi R. Warne teaches in the Department of Religious Studies at Mount St. Vincent University.

Table of Contents


Introduction / Catherine A. Cavanaugh and Randi R. Warne

1. I Wish the Men Were Half as Good: Gender Constructions in the Canadian North-Western Mission Field, 1860-1940 / Myra Rutherdale
2. Categories and Terrains of Exclusion: Constructing the "Indian Woman" in the Early Settlement Era in Western Canada / Sarah Carter
3. Imagining Native Women: Feminine Discourse and Four Women Travelling the Northwest Coast / Nancy Pagh
4. Irene Marryat Parlby: An "Imperial Daughter" in Western Canada, 1896-1935 / Catherine A. Cavanaugh
5. Gender(ed) Tensions in the Work and Politics of Alberta Farm Women, 1905-29 / Sheila McManus
6. Childbirth on the Canadian Prairies, 1880-1930 / Nanci Langford
7. Nursing Nation Builders: The Council Idea, Western Women, and the Founding of the Victorian Order of Nurses for Canada, 1896-1930 / Beverly Boutilier
8. Scattered But Not Lost: Mennonite Domestic Servants in Winnipeg, 1920s-50s / Frieda Klippenstein
9. Negotiating Sex and Gender in the Ukrainian Bloc Settlement: East Central Alberta between the Wars / Frances Swyripa
10. ‘Abundant Faith’: Nineteenth-Century African-Canadian Women on Vancouver Island / Sherry Edmunds-Flett
11. Marriage, Family, and the Cooperative Ideal: The Telfords / Ann Leger-Anderson



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Sample Chapter

Chapter 1

Related Topics

History > Canada
Women's Studies

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