Rage and Resistance
A Theological Reflection on the Montreal Massacre
Publication Year: 2006
Published by: Wilfrid Laurier University Press
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This is a travelogue. It charts the course of my journey into a foreign country. Strangely enough, that foreign country is the one I know most intimately, the one that I call home: Canada. Why foreign, then? Because in 1989, in December, the country I thought I knew changed. I realize now that it was not so much that Canada changed but that I did, as I began ...
Introduction: Roughing It in the Bush
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Look out your window. The world you see laid out before you is so very different from the one that greeted our immigrant ancestors. Generations ago, Susanna Moodie looked out her window onto a harsh and lonely wilderness. The woman who had left England in 1832 for the backwoods of Upper Canada shared the plight of many immigrants, her hopes quickly ...
1: Mapping a Way Through
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Susanna Moodie looked out onto an often hostile landscape. Her survival depended in part on learning to understand the land and sky. What did the blackening clouds foretell? What lay hidden beneath the feet and feet of snow? “The problem of the explorer or the settler is an epistemological one, a puzzling out of the ways by which we can know the reality that ...
2: How Does It Happen to Us as It Does?
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December, 1989. In Maclean’s it read like this: “For 20 horrific minutes last week, a quiet young man named Marc Lépine stalked female students in a Montreal university engineering school—killing 14 of them before turning his rifle on himself. It was Canada’s worst mass murder—and among the worst in North American history. And it set off a national wave ...
3: The Stubborn Particulars of Grace
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Grace? How so? The term is often used to refer to those moments when one is immersed in awe at the wondrous beauty that life is. There has been nothing thus far in this discussion of the Montreal Massacre to elicit such a response, nor will there be. However, both Gregory Baum and Bronwen Wallace, whose book of poetry provides the title for this chapter, ...
4: What Shall We Tell Our Bright and Shining Daughters?
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I remember that night, more clearly than I remember Wednesday night two weeks ago. The news was on in the other room. I heard something indistinct about shootings and stretchers and went to see what had happened. There were women shot, the numbers still mounting, at a university in Montreal. No, it can’t be. Not in this country; not at a university; not so many; not all women. ...
Conclusion: Look Again
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A journey motif and cartography—an attempt to map a way through the entanglement of responses to the Montreal Massacre—have been themes throughout this work. Susanna Moodie provides a model. Moodie met this country bravely; she struggled with cold and loss and want, but did not shrink from the challenge of making a home in an unfriendly, at times ...
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Page Count: 160
Publication Year: 2006
Series Title: Studies in Women and Religion