Working in Women’s Archives: Researching Women’s Private Literature and Archival Documents

Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press, 1 ene. 2006 - 125 páginas

What comes to mind when we hear that a friend or colleague is studying unpublished documents in a celebrated author’s archive? We might assume that they are reading factual documents or, at the very least, straightforward accounts of the truth about someone or some event. But are they?

Working in Women’s Archives is a collection of essays that poses this question and offers a variety of answers. Any assumption readers may have about the archive as a neutral library space or about the archival document as a simple and pure text is challenged.

In essays discussing celebrated Canadian authors such as Marian Engel and L.M. Montgomery, as well as lesser-known writers such as Constance Kerr Sissons and Marie Rose Smith, Working in Women’s Archives persuades us that our research methods must be revised and refined in order to create a scholarly place for a greater variety of archival subjects and to accurately represent them in current feminist and poststructuralist theories.


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Locating Female Subjects in the Archives
A Reading of Three Versions of One Womans Subjectivity
Deborah How CottnamA Case Study
An Anecdotal Account of Editing the L M Montgomery Journals
Constance Kerr Sissons from Adolescence to Engagement
Putting Lives on the LineWorking with the Marian Engel Archive
Trotsky Kahlo Birney
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Sobre el autor (2006)

Marlene Kadar is an associate professor in humanities and women’s studies at York University, and the former director of the graduate programme in interdisciplinary studies.

Helen M. Buss is a professor of English at the University of Calgary. Her book on Canadian women's life writing, Mapping Our Selves, won the Gabrielle Roy Prize. As Margaret Clarke, she has published novels, short stories and poetry.

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