Memoirs from Away: A New Found Land Girlhood

Memoirs from Away: A New Found Land Girlhood


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Memoirs from Away: A New Found Land Girlhood by Helen M. Buss, Helen Buss

How does the imagination entwine the shreds of memory of family, place and culture to root a self in the fluid experience of the present?

Daughter, wife, mother, teacher, writer and feminist academic, Helen M. Buss / Margaret Clarke has lived in many parts of Canada and writes from a life of multiple perspectives full of contradictory loyalties and obligations, of opposing histories and identities. For this woman, whose sense of a unified identity is so tenuous that she even writes under two names, writing memoirs becomes the way to bring together the diverse strands of her life.

A Newfoundland girl who awakened to the public world just at the moment her homeland joined Canada, she writes of her childhood, of the effects of war, technology, the politics of nation and gender, and of the private world of several generations of her close-knit family. From the perspective of a woman from “away”, she discovers a New Found Land of “girlhood” that weaves past and present in a narrative that delights in questioning its own making.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780889203501
Publisher: Wilfrid Laurier University Press
Publication date: 09/28/1999
Series: Life Writing Series , #6
Pages: 169
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Helen M. Buss is a professor of English at the University of Calgary. Her book on Canadian women's life writing, Mapping Our Selves , won the Gabrielle Roy Prize. As Margaret Clarke, she has published novels, short stories and poetry.

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Memoirs from Away: A New Found Land Girlhood by Helen M. Buss and Margaret Clarke




People Live Here: Imagine That

War: Mother’s Child

Peace: Daddy’s Girl

Avalon: Knowing My Place

School: Losing Mary Lou; Finding Sally

History and Politics: My Brother Dave, His Friend Sid and Louis St. Laurent


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