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Fiction Classics

In Due Season

by (author) Christine van der Mark

afterword by Carole Gerson & Janice Dowson

Publisher
Wilfrid Laurier University Press
Initial publish date
May 2016
Category
Classics, Cultural Heritage
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781771120715
    Publish Date
    May 2016
    List Price
    $24.99
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781771120739
    Publish Date
    May 2016
    List Price
    $16.99

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First published in 1947, In Due Season broke new ground with its fictional representation of women and of Indigenous people. Set during the dustbowl 1930s, this tersely narrated prize-winning novel follows Lina Ashley, a determined solo female homesteader who takes her family from drought-ridden southern Alberta to a new life in the Peace River region. Here her daughter Poppy grows up in a community characterized by harmonious interactions between the local Métis and newly arrived European settlers. Still, there is tension between mother and daughter when Poppy becomes involved with a Métis lover. This novel expands the patriarchal canon of Canadian prairie fiction by depicting the agency of a successful female settler and, as noted by Dorothy Livesay, was “one of the first, if not the first Canadian novel wherein the plight of the Native Indian and the Métis is honestly and painfully recorded.” The afterword by Carole Gerson and Janice Dowson provides substantial information about author Christine van der Mark and situates her under-acknowledged book within the contexts of Canadian social, literary, and publishing history.

About the authors

Christine van der Mark (1917–1970) was born and raised in Calgary. While teaching in rural Alberta schools, she attended the University of Alberta, receiving her B.A. in 1941 and her M.A. in Creative Writing in 1946. Much of her writing expressed sympathetic concern for the Métis of Northern Alberta.

Christine van der Mark's profile page

Born in Montreal, Carole Gerson is a professor in the English Department at Simon Fraser University. Her research on Canadian literary and publishing history and on early Canadian women writers has resulted in many publications, including two books on Pauline Johnson. She was a member of the editorial team for the major three-volume project History of the Book in Canada, for which she co-edited volume 3, covering the period 1918–1980.

Carole Gerson's profile page

Janice Dowson teaches English literature and academic writing in the English Departments at Simon Fraser University and University of the Fraser Valley. She has been a practicing transactional analysis clinician at Touchstone Centre in Maple Ridge for over thirty years. An emphasis on preserving the humane in the humanities invigorates her clinical work, pedagogical practice, and scholarship.

Janice Dowson's profile page

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