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HUMANITIES 295 ponc'v-nl1aJ(lng nr('\l"'occ hlE~gantlv written and one's way the footnotes to Orllgu1al reference. A minor flaw in an otherwise excellent book. Boutilier and Alison Prentice, editors. t,m,llStl-L.anI2aU2n Women and the Work In1"l1t=>r<:1tu of British Columbia Press 1997- xii, This volume of eleven essays starts with an introduction entitled Women in the Work of and first of all to locate the work but it is less odd if one as these 'hll~i'nT"{f' to the social which still trouble historians. historical Linda Ambrose studies the local histories turned out under the Ontario Women's and Elizabeth examines the annals in which women recorded the of their sects. In both these latter what sources. Six of the ch:an1terJ5. 1',""0::"1'1 " ' .... '................'-"LL as she 296 LETTERS IN CANADA 1998 saw fit. Compare her with Constance Lindsay Skinner (as discussed by Jean Barman), who worked in an equally eclectic number of genres but partly because she had to write to live and to support her mother. This accounts in large part for her relocation from the West Coast to New York, a move necessitated by access to a market. Outside academe, sheconsidered herself a serious historian, particularly of the western pioneer experience. It is tempting to consider what she might have been able to contribute had she gained entrance to the mainstream. Arguably, her work would not have been as good: entrance to the club usually carries with it obligations to follow the rules of the club. Barry Moody'S work on Esther Clark Wright begs a similar sort of guestion. Clark Wright might be seen as having been lumbered by an ineffectual English husband, but Moody argues that Wright's own ineffectiveness as an economic historian and acknowledgment of his wife's greater talents left her scope to develop them, which she did by writing the history of her own Maritimes. Isabel Skelton (interestmgly, Terry Crowley does not follow the usual convention of giving her back her birth name) also stretched the bounds of conventional marriage while leaving that institution intact. Like Clark Wright, Murphy Skelton also deferred to her husband's career, only this time to the dynamic and successful O.D. Skelton. Living a life under the marital shadow, her career looks more like that of Agnes Maule Machar, many years her senior. Kathleen Wood-Legh, profiled here by Megan Davies and Colin Coates, was unencumbered by a husband but was encumbered by personal blindness. Like Skinner an expatriate, Wood-Legh lived on the edges of the historical profession and did not achieve her doctorate (from Cambridge) until age sixty-six. The remaining two chapters are on SarahAnne Curzon, an impaSSioned believer in both Canadian nationalism and women's suffrage (by Beverly Boutilier) and on the study of women's history as it began to appear in the early 1970S (by Deborah Gorham). This lastchapter in the collection rounds out the history of women's history-making in Canada and leaves llS prepared for the next stage, hopefully a regendermg of history in general. This is a fine addition to the field of Canadian historical scholarship. (JANICE DICKIN) . Roland Chrisjohn and Sherri Young with Michael Maraun. The Circle Game: SJmdows and Substance in the Indian Residential School Experience in Canada Theytus Books 1997ยท 328. $16.95 When University of Guelph psychologist Roland Chrisjolm and his colleagues were meeting in the early 1990S with the Cariboo Tribal Council in the interior of British Columbia, one woman elder described the problem with residential schools abuse succinctly. To the researchers' observation ...


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