Roughing It in the Bush (Norton Critical Edition) / Edition 1by Susanna Moodie, Michael Peterman
Pub. Date: 11/19/2006
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
She went on to chronicle her experiences in this personal, accurate, and often humorous account. This Norton Critical Edition of Roughing It in the Bush provides everything that a student needs to analyze
In 1832, Susanna Moodie immigrated to Canada from Britain with her husband and daughter in search of comfort and independence in the unsettled Canadian backwoods.
She went on to chronicle her experiences in this personal, accurate, and often humorous account. This Norton Critical Edition of Roughing It in the Bush provides everything that a student needs to analyze and enjoy Moodie’s tale.
A thorough “Backgrounds” section includes images, a map, contemporary reviews of Roughing It, and letters written by Moodie to her husband during the winter of 1839, at which time he was serving a military appointment in the Victoria District and she and her children were facing life-threatening illnesses.
“Criticism” contains ten essays by leading Canadian scholars and authors, among them Margaret Atwood, Carl Ballstadt, D. M. R. Bentley, Susan Glickman, and Michael Peterman.
A Chronology of Susanna Moodie’s life and a Selected Bibliography are also included.
Table of Contents
The Text of Roughing It in the Bush 1
Choice of Text and Editing Strategy 333
Advertisement for the First Edition 343
Preface to Roughing It in the Bush 344
Introduction to the 1871 Edition 344
Canadian Sketches 351
Old Woodruff and His Three Wives 372
Jeanie Burns 381
Lost Children 389
Susanna Moodie's Letters to Her Husband, 1839 395
A Slight Sketch of the Early Life of Mrs. Moodie 399
Forest Life in Canada West 401
The Backwoods of Canada 404
Review from The Provincial: or, Halifax Monthly Magazine 407
Review from The Canadian Monthly and National Review 410
Afterword to The Journals of Susanna Moodie 417
Susanna Moodie and the English Sketch 419
"Secrets of the Prison-House": Mrs. Moodie and the Canadian Imagination 425
Rewriting Roughing It 433
Breaking the "Cake of Custom": The Atlantic Crossing as a Rubicon for Female Emigrants to Canada? 442
"The tongue of woman": The Language of the Self in Moodie's Roughing It in the Bush 473
The Waxing and Waning of Susanna Moodie's "Enthusiasm" 490
Roughing It in Michigan and Upper Canada: Caroline Kirkland and Susanna Moodie 512
Nobler Savages: Representations of Native Women in the Writings of Susanna Moodie and Catharine Parr Traill 522
Reconstructing the Palladium of British America: How the Rebellion of 1837 and Charles Fothergill Helped to Establish Susanna Moodie as a Writer in Canada 538
The Broken Mirror of Domestic Ideology: Femininity as Textual Practice in Susanna Moodie's Autobiographical Works 559
Two Exemplary Early Texts: Moodie's Roughing It and Jameson's Studies and Rambles 571
Susanna Strickland Moodie: A Chronology 583
Selected Bibliography 585
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