Stories Subversive: Through the Field with Gloves Off : Short Fiction
First-wave feminist, activist and social reformer, Nellie McClung ranked as one of the most popular Canadian authors and among the liveliest critics of Canada's male-dominated society of the early 1900s. Well ahead of her time, McClung was known as a writer who dared to discuss taboo topics, and for her inimitable humour which rivals that of Stephen Leacock, Canada's best-known humourist.
This selection of her best short fiction includes depictions of difficult rural living conditions in Western Canada aswell as "consciousness-raising" stories reflecting the undue restrictions on women and the anti-female laws and attitudes of the day. While most were published in U.S. and Canadian magazines between 1906 and 1931, a few of these stories appear here for the first time. In addition, a detailed introduction discusses McClung's life and analyses the themes and stylistic touches of each of the stories making up this unique anthology.
McClung's fiction plays a vital part in the establishment of a history of the consciousness of women, particularly in the Canadian context. Her stories make an invaluable contribution to the understanding of Canada's past and identity.
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Though not well known in the United States, McClung (1873-1951) was one of Canada's early feminist writers. In this collection of short stories she uses humor as one weapon against the male-dominated attitudes of the day. Read full review
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Red and White
Banking in London
The Neutral Fuse
The Grim Fact of Sisterhood