Work of Words: The Writing of Susanna Strickland Moodie

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McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP, 1996 - Fiction - 264 pages
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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Contents

Introduction
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Between Establishment and Dissent Susanna Stricklands Youth 18031832
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Writing as Resolution Literary Production 18221830
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Literary Affiliation and Religious Crisis Literary Production 18301832
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Emigration Immigration The Moodies Upper Canada 18321855
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The Ideal and The Real Literary Production 18321852
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Truths and Opinions Literary Production 18521855
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Roughing It in the Bush A Case Study in Colonial Contradictions
133
Conclusion
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