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Creating Historical Memory

English-Canadian Women and the Work of History

Canadian women have worked, individually and collectively, at home and abroad, as creators of historical memory. This engaging collection of essays seeks to create an awareness of the contributions made by women to history and the historical profession from 1870 to 1970 in English Canada. Creating Historical Memory explores the wide range of careers that women have forged for themselves as writers and preservers of history within, outside, and on the margins of the academy. The authors suggest some of the institutional and intellectual locations from which English Canadian women have worked as historians and attempt to problematize in different ways and to varying degrees, the relationship between women and historical practice.

320 pages

Table of Contents

Introduction: Locating Women in the Work of History / Beverly Boutilier and Alison Prentice

Part 1: Community Building

Cultivating a Love of Canada through History: Agnes Maule Machar, 1837-1927 / Dianne M. Hallman

Women's Rights and Duties: Sarah Anne Curzon and the Politics of Canadian History / Beverly Boutilier

The Ontario Women's Institutes and the Work of Local History / Linda Ambrose

Part 2: Transitions

'Writing Teaches Us Our Mysteries': Women Religious Recording and Writing History / Elizabeth Smythe

'I walk my own track in life & no mere male can bump me off it': Constance Lindsay Skinner and the Work of History / Jean Barman

Isabel Skelton: Precursor to Canadian Cultural History / Terry Crowley

Part 3: The Academy

Laying Siege to the History Professoriate / Alison Prentice

A View from the Front Steps: Esther Clark Wright and the Making of a Maritime Historian / Barry M. Moody

Kathleen Wood-Legh: A Canadian in Cambridge / Megan Davies and Colin Coates

Part 4: New Departures

Women's History: Founding a New Field / Deborah Gorham


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