The Work of Words

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 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.


McGill Queens Univ Pr
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.
Susanna Moodie has long been acknowledged as a key figure in pre-Confederation Canadian literature but most of her work has been overlooked or ignored by scholars and readers. The Work of Words not only provides the first comprehensive examination of the whole of Moodie's writing but also revolutionizes Moodie scholarship by overturning the myths that have cast her as pioneer heroine, one-woman garrison, or paranoid schizophrenic.
Susanna Moodie has long been acknowledged as a key figure in pre-Confederation Canadian literature but most of her work has been overlooked or ignored by scholars and readers. The Work of Words not only provides the first comprehensive examination of the whole of Moodie's writing but also revolutionizes Moodie scholarship by overturning the myths that have cast her as pioneer heroine, one-woman garrison, or paranoid schizophrenic.

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. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Publisher: Montreal, Que. : McGill-Queen's University Press, ©1996
ISBN: 9780773565302
0773565302
077351287X
9780773512870
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xii, 264 pages)

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