The Work of Words: The Writing of Susanna Strickland Moodie

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John Thurston considers the whole of Moodie's literary output, including her poems, short fiction, novels, and non-fiction, beginning with her youthful writing in England and culminating in an extensive analysis of her best-known work, Roughing It in the Bush. He establishes the biographical foundations of her writing, using recently discovered correspondence, and describes the historical issues and events that shaped her life and writing. Through current historicist and feminist literary criticism, Thurston ...

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John Thurston considers the whole of Moodie's literary output, including her poems, short fiction, novels, and non-fiction, beginning with her youthful writing in England and culminating in an extensive analysis of her best-known work, Roughing It in the Bush. He establishes the biographical foundations of her writing, using recently discovered correspondence, and describes the historical issues and events that shaped her life and writing. Through current historicist and feminist literary criticism, Thurston achieves new insights into Moodie's writing. Locating tensions of class, gender, and race within her work, he places Moodie in both the established tradition of nineteenth-century British women writers and the less-familiar tradition of North American class conflict.

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Susanna Moodie is acknowledged as one of the most important pre-Confederation Canadian writers, though like many 19th century women writers her place in the canon is exceptionalized by its mythology--Moodie as pioneer heroine, "one woman garrison," or paranoid schizophrenic. This reevaluation of her complete works considers the biography of the woman through recently discovered correspondence and applies feminist criticism to the poems, non-fiction, and fiction, locating Moodie within a broader social context of gender and class conflict. Canadian card order number C95-900783-0. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780773512870
  • Publisher: McGill-Queens University Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/1996
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 11.22 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
Introduction 3
1 Between Establishment and Dissent: Susanna Strickland's Youth 1803-32 11
2 Writing as Resolution: Literary Production 1822-30 21
3 Literary Affiliation and Religious Crisis: Literary Production 1830-32 41
4 Emigration / Immigration: The Moodies and Upper Canada 1832-55 63
5 The Ideal and the Real: Literary Production 1832-52 83
6 Truths and Opinions: Literary Production 1852-55 110
7 Roughing It in the Bush: A Case Study in Colonial Contradictions 133
8 Conclusion 167
Notes 173
Bibliography 228
Index 259
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