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Feminist History in Canada
New Essays on Women, Gender, Work, and Nation
Catherine Carstairs   Nancy Janovicek  

$95.00 Hardcover
Release Date: 11/18/2013
ISBN: 9780774826198    

$34.95 Paperback
Release Date: 7/1/2014
ISBN: 9780774826204    

302 Pages


About the Book

In the late 1970s, feminist historians urged us to "rethink" Canada by placing women's perspectives and experiences at the centre of historical analysis. Forty years later, feminism continues to inform history writing in Canada and has inspired historians to look beyond the nation and adopt a more global perspective.

This exciting new volume of original essays opens with a discussion of the debates, themes, and methodological approaches that have preoccupied women's and gender historians across Canada over the past twenty years. The chapters that follow showcase the work of new and established scholars who draw on the insights of critical race theory, postcolonial theory, and transnational history to re-examine familiar topics such as biography and oral history, paid and unpaid work, marriage and family, and women's political action.

Whether they focus on the marriage of Governor James Douglas and his Metis wife, Amelia; representations of saleswomen in department store catalogues; or the careers of professional women such as international child activist Charlotte Whitton and Quebec social work professors at Laval, the contributors demonstrate the continued relevance -- and growth -- of history informed by feminist perspectives, and they open a much-needed dialogue between francophone and anglophone historians in Canada.

About the Author(s)

Catherine Carstairs teaches history at the University of Guelph.

Nancy Janovicek teaches history at the University of Calgary.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Productive Pasts and New Directions / Catherine Carstairs and Nancy Janovicek

1 James Douglas, Amelia Connolly, and the Writing of Gender and Women’s History / Adele Perry

2 Using Diaries to Explore the Shared Worlds of Family and Community in Nineteenth-Century New Brunswick / Gail G. Campbell

3 "A Little Offensive and Defensive Alliance": Friendship, Professional Networks, and International Child Welfare Policy / Karen Balcom

4 "The Necessity of Going": Julia Grace Wales's Transnational Life as a Peace Activist and a Scholar / Lorna R. McLean

5 Feminist Ideals and Everyday Life: Professional Women's Feminism at Victoria College, University of Toronto, 1900-40 / Catherine Gidney

6 Singleness and Choice: The Impact of Age, Time, and Class on Three Female Youth Diarists in 1930s Canada / Heidi MacDonald

7 Sexual Spectacles: Saleswomen in Canadian Department Store Magazines between 1920 and 1950 / Donica Belisle

8 Gender and the Career Paths of Professors in the École de service social at Laval University, 1943-72 / Hélène Charron

9 Teaching June Cleaver, Being Hazel Chong: An Oral History of Gender, Race, and National "Character" / Kristina R. Llewellyn

10 The Ontario Women's History Network: Linking Teachers, Scholars, and History Communities / Rose Fine-Meyer

11 Fighting the "Corset of Victorian Prejudice": Women's Activism in Canadian Engineering during the Pioneering Decades (1970s-80s) / Ruby Heap

12 Ad Hoc Activism: Feminist Citizens Respond to the Meech Lake Accord in New Brunswick / Anthony S.C. Hampton

13 To Help and to Serve: Women’s Career Paths in the Domestic Services Sector in Quebec City, 1960-2009 / Catherine Charron

Contributors; Index


"Feminist History in Canada: New Essays on Women, Gender, Work, and Nation is a valuable collection whose essays merit inclusion on course reading lists dealing with labour, education, science, empire, politics, and historical methodology as well as their obvious home in women’s and gender history courses."
-- Sarah Glassford, Acadiensis 44, 1

"This volume offers a substantial, timely, and much-needed overview of the state of Canadian women's and gender history, sketching out major debates and currents and tracing their connection to the broader area of Canadian history."
-- Suzanne Morton, professor, Department of History and Classical Studies, McGill University

"A refreshing book! Challenging at times and using new trends in history, these essays reveal a healthy renewal of supposedly well-known questions and topics in women's history, gender history, political history, and social-work history. This text will be much appreciated by scholars and professors across the country."
-- Amélie Bourbeau, Department of History, Laurentian University

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Women's Studies

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