Work of Words: The Writing of Susanna Strickland Moodie
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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Agnes Agnes Strickland Anglican Arminius Athenaeum attempt Baldwin Ballstadt Belle Assemblee Belleville Bentley British bush Canadian Sketches Catharine CEECT chapter characters charivari Christian church Clearings Cobourg colony Congregationalism Correspondence Davidoff and Hall describes dialogue Douro early economic edition editor Eliza emigration England English Enthusiasm father fiction Flora Lyndsay friends gentlemen Geoffrey Moncton Grosse Isle Harral Hugh Latimer husband immigrants J.W.D. Moodie Jane Kingston labour Lady's Magazine land later letter Literary Garland London manuscript Mark Hurdlestone Michael Macbride middle-class Moodie's moral narrative novel period Peterman PHEC plot poems poet poetry political poor Pope-Hennessy 1940 Pringle prose Providence published Rachel Wilde reform religious Reydon romance Roughing settlers sisters social society Song spirit story Suffolk Susanna Moodie Susanna Strickland Thomas Thomas Pringle Thumelicus Toronto Tory Traill Trifles Upper Canada Victoria Magazine wife writing written Yankees Zalmunna Zebah