Through Feminist Eyes
400 pages, 6 x 9
Release Date:01 May 2011

Through Feminist Eyes

Essays on Canadian Women’s History

Athabasca University Press

Through Feminist Eyes gathers in one volume the most incisive and insightful essays written to date by the distinguished Canadian historian Joan Sangster. To the original essays, Sangster has added extensive introductory discussions that situate her earlier work in the context of developing theory and debate. Sangster has also supplied an introduction to the collection in which she reflects on the themes and theoretical orientations that have shaped the writing of women's history over the past thirty years. Approaching her subject matter from an array of interpretive frameworks that engage questions of gender, class, colonialism, politics, and labour, Sangster explores the lived experience of women in a variety of specific historical settings. In so doing, she sheds new light on issues that have sparked much debate among feminist historians and offers a thoughtful overview of the evolution of women's history in Canada.

Joan Sangster’s work has always been ground-breaking, continually providing new perspectives on issues of women, gender, class, and race in diverse settings ... Through Feminist Eyes makes an important theoretical contribution to the field by gathering together some of Sangster’s key essays for the first time and offering her thoughtful commentary on her own intellectual trajectory. Sarah Carter, University of Alberta
Sangster raises questions about assumptions and norms that have shaped feminist historiography, making this a provocative and eloquent testimony about the importance of scrutinizing evidence and perspectives. Laurie Mercier, Washington State University
This is a passionate book by an author who has something to say and for whom history matters. June Hannam, University of the West of England
Joan Sangster is professor of women's studies and history at Trent University, where she also teaches at the Frost Centre for Canadian Studies and Indigenous Studies. Her many publications include Transforming Labour: Women and Work in Postwar Canada and Girl Trouble: Female Delinquency in English Canada.




Reflections on Thirty Years of Women’s History


Discovering Women’s History


The 1907 Bell Telephone Strike

Organizing Women Workers


Looking Backwards

Re-assessing Women on the Canadian Left


The Communist Party and the Woman Question, 1922–1929


Manufacturing Consent in Peterborough


The Softball Solution

Female Workers, Male Managers, and the Operation of Paternalism at Westclox, 1923–1960


Pardon Tales’ from Magistrate’s Court

Women, Crime, and the Court in Peterborough County, 1920–1950


Telling Our Stories

Feminist Debates and the Use of Oral History


Foucault, Feminism, and Postcolonialism


Girls in Conflict with the Law

Exploring the Construction of Female ‘Delinquency’ in Ontario, 1940–1960


Criminalizing the Colonized

Ontario Native Women Confront the Criminal Justice System, 1920–1960


Constructing the ‘Eskimo’ Wife

White Women’s Travel Writing, Colonialism, and the Canadian North, 1940–1960


Embodied Experience


Words of Experience/Experiencing Words

Reading Working Women’s Letters to Canada’s Royal Commission on the Status of Women


Making a Fur Coat

Women, the Labouring Body, and Working-class History


Publications by Joan Sangster

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