Feminist History in Canada: New Essays on Women, Gender, Work, and Nation by Catherine CarstairsFeminist History in Canada: New Essays on Women, Gender, Work, and Nation by Catherine Carstairs

Feminist History in Canada: New Essays on Women, Gender, Work, and Nation

EditorCatherine Carstairs, Nancy Janovicek

Paperback | July 1, 2014

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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 University, 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.

Catherine Carstairs teaches history at the University of Guelph. She is the author of Jailed for Possession: Illegal Drug Use, Regulation and Power in Canada, 1920-1961 (2006). Nancy Janovicek teaches history at the University of Calgary. She is the author of No Place to Go: Local Histories of the Battered Women’s Shelter Movement (UBC...
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Title:Feminist History in Canada: New Essays on Women, Gender, Work, and NationFormat:PaperbackDimensions:302 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.77 inPublished:July 1, 2014Publisher:Ubc PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0774826207

ISBN - 13:9780774826204

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very interesting. Bradbury and Myers edit an interesting collection of essays on the formation of identities in Montreal. From sailors' clubs to women smoking, the essays cover a variety of out-of-the-box topics.
Date published: 2017-05-14

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

Editorial Reviews

In the late 1970s, feminists urged us to “rethink” Canada by placing women’s experiences at the centre of historical analysis. Forty years later, women’s and gender historians continue to take up the challenge, not only to interrogate the idea of nation but also to place their work in a global perspective. This volume showcases the work of scholars who draw on 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. Taken together, these exciting new essays demonstrate the continued relevance of history informed by feminist perspectives.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