New Women: Short Stories by Canadian Women, 1900-1920

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University of Ottawa Press, 1991 - Fiction - 333 pages
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New Women is an anthology of short fiction written by Canadian women between 1900 and 1920. The carefully selected stories by writers such as L.M. Montgomery (of Anne of Green Gables fame), Nellie McClung and Marjorie Pickthall provide dramatic and imaginiative glimpses of Canadian society and of the women who lived during those momentous years.

In this era of transformation, Canadians were experiencing the Great War, industrialization, urbanization and immigration on an unprecedented scale. Women were fighting for the vote and equal rights. Accordingly, the stories show us women in the grip of labour and domestic issues - domestic oppression, labour exploitation, conflict between family and employment obligations. When one reads Kit Coleman on the life of a woman journalist or J.G. Sime on the life of a female munitions worker, one is astonished at how little the challenges of women's lives have changed between 1900 and 1990.

New Women is a timely contribution to understanding our heritage from the unique perspective of Canadian women writers. It is a pleasurable and informative collection that will prove useful to students, teachers and everyone interested in our social history.

 

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Introduction
1
Adeline M Teskey
19
The Ram Lamb 1901
21
Winnifred Reeve Onoto Watanna
27
The Love Story of Two Japanese Girls in Chicago 1903
29
Kathleen Kit Coleman
43
A Pair of Gray Gloves 1903
46
Susan Jones S Carleton
57
The Heart of Kerry 1907
182
L M Montgomery
193
The Quarantine at Alexander Abrahams 1907
196
Madge Macbeth
213
A Monologue 1908
215
Gifts 1908
221
Edith Eaton Sui Sin Far
227
Mrs Spring Fragrance 1910
229

The Frenchwomans Son 1904
59
Sara Jeannette Duncan
79
The Heir Apparent 1905
82
Isabel Ecclestone Mackay
97
The Despair of Sandy MacIntosh 1905
99
Alice Jones
109
At the Harbours Mouth 1905
111
Jean Blewett
139
The Experiences of a Woman Bachelor 1905
141
Marjorie Pickthall
157
On Ile de Paradis 1906
159
E Pauline Johnson Tekahionwake
169
The Haunting Thaw 1907
172
Mabel Burkholder
179
Nellie McClung
243
The Live Wire 1910
246
Mazo de la Roche
257
Canadian Ida and English Nell 1911
259
Ethelwyn Wetherland
279
Jealousy 1912
281
Jean NMcIlwraith
291
The Assimilation of Christina 1913
293
Mary Lowrey Ross
307
An Adventure in Youth 1917
309
J G Sime
323
Munitions 1919
326
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About the author (1991)

Ottawa born, Toronto resident, Sandra Campbell's first novel, "Getting to Normal" was a semi-finalist for the Chapters/Robertson Davies First Novel (Unpublished) Award and NOW Toronto magazine's choice for best books of 2001. She brings her background in educational television to her essays on imagery, culture and learning published in anthologies and magazines in both Canada and the United States and to her teaching.

Lorraine McMullen is professor of English at the University of Ottawa. She is the editor of multiple volumes and she has published many critical and biographical studies in Canadian literature.

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