UPDATE: Diversity and Change in Early Canadian Women's Writing (9/15/06; collection)

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Jen Chambers
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*** Please note the updated deadline for papers***


"Diversity and Change in Early Canadian Women's
Writing" (collection)
UPDATED DEADLINE: September 15, 2006

This spring's Congress conference call for papers on
"Diversity and Change: Early Canadian Women Writers"
yielded the attention of Cambridge Scholars Press
(http://www.cambridgescholarspress.com), who is
interested in publishing an edited collection of
essays on the subject. This is a call for complete,
developed, critical essays on diversity and change in
early Canadian women's writing for this collection of

While nineteenth-century women writers in Britain and
the United States have earned a reputation for being
diverse and seeking social change through their
writings, early Canadian women writers have been slow
to receive the same kind of attention. I invite
papers on early Canadian women writers—preferably
beyond Susanna Moodie and Catharine Parr Traill,
although papers on them will be considered—to show the
diverse range of writing styles and thought that was
at work in Canada in the nineteenth century and into
the early twentieth century. Questions that might be
considered include (but are not limited to):

• How did early Canadian women writers promote social
change through their writing?
• How do early Canadian women writers consider
questions of gender, sexuality, class, poverty, race
and ethnicity?
• How conventional/subversive were early Canadian
women writers in terms of both subject matter and
• How do early Canadian women writers consider the
development of Canadian culture, and was it a part of
their literary 'agenda'?
• How do early Canadian women writers' works compare
with their counterparts in Britain and the U.S.?

Papers should be approximately 5,000-7,500 words in
length, and the deadline for complete papers is
September 15, 2006.
If submissions have been published elsewhere or been
proposed for publication in another source, please
indicate so. All submissions should include the name,
address, academic affiliation, email, and phone number
of the submitter/author
and should be sent to:

Dr. Jennifer Chambers

Department of English
Ryerson University
350 Victoria Street
Toronto, Ontario

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