Basements and Attics, Closets and Cyberspace: Explorations in Canadian Women's Archives

Basements and Attics, Closets and Cyberspace: Explorations in Canadian Women's Archives


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ISBN-13: 9781771123280
Publisher: Wilfrid Laurier University Press
Publication date: 06/15/2018
Series: Life Writing Series , #46
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 348
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Linda M. Morra is a full professor in the English Department at Bishop’s University and the forthcoming Craig Dobbin Chair of Canadian Studies at UCD (2016-2017). She and Deanna Reder co-edited Troubling Tricksters: Revisioning Critical Conversations (WLU Press, 2010). Her most recent book, Unarrested Archives: Case Studies in Twentieth-Century Women’s Authorship (2014), was a finalist for the Gabrielle Roy Award. Canada.

Jessica Schagerl ’s research focuses on Canadian studies, drawing heavily on archival material; she is also invested in questions of professional concern, including mentoring and the futures of arts and humanities. She is the alumni and development officer for the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at the University of Western Ontario.

Table of Contents

Introduction: No Archive Is Neutral Linda M. Morra Jessica Schagerl 1

I Reorientations

Of Mini-Ships and Archives Daphne Marlatt 23

Finding Indian Maidens on eBay: Tales of the Alternative Archive (and More Tales of White Commodity Culture) Cecily Devereux 29

"Faster Than a Speeding Thought": Lemon Hound's Archive Unleashed Karis Shearer Jessica Schagerl 47

"I remember… I was wearing leather pants": Archiving the Repertoire of Feminist Cabaret in Canada T. L. Cowan 65

"In the hope of making a connection": Rereading Archival Bodies, Responses, and Love in Marian Engel's Bear and Alice Munro's "Meneseteung" Catherine Bates 87

An Archive of Complicity: Ethically (Re)Reading the Documentaries of Nelofer Pazira Hannah McGregor 107

Psyche and Her Helpers, under Cloud Cover Penn Kemp 125

II Restrictions

Archival Matters Sally Clark 133

Keeping the Archive Door Open: Writing about Florence Carlyle Susan Butlin 141

The Oral, the Archive, and Ethics: Canadian Women Writers Telling It Andrea Beverley 155

Halted by the Archive: The Impact of Excessive Archival Restrictions on Scholars Ruth Panofsky Michael Moir 169

Personal Ethics: Being an Archivist of Writers Catherine Hobbs 181

Invisibility Exhibit: The Limits of Library and Archives Canada's "Multicultural Mandate" Karina Vernon 193

III Responsibilities

Rat in the Box: Thoughts on Archiving My Stuff Susan McMaster 207

Letters to the Woman's Page Editor: Reading Francis Marion Beynon's "The Country Homemakers" and a Public Culture for Women Katja Thieme 215

Archival Adventures with L. M. Montgomery; or, "As Long as the Leaves Hold Together" Vanessa Brown Benjamin Lefebvre 233

The Quality of the Carpet: A Consideration of Anecdotes in Researching Women's Lives Linda M. Morra 249

"I want my story told": The Sheila Watson Archive, the Reader, and the Search for Voice Paul Tiessen 263

"You can do with all this rambling whatever you want": Scrutinizing Ethics in the Alzheimer's Archives Kathleen Venema 281

Locking Up Letters Julia Creet 303

Afterword Janice Fiamengo 319

Contributors 325

Index 331

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