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Maps of Difference

Canada, Women, and Travel

by (author) Wendy Roy

McGill-Queen's University Press
Initial publish date
May 2005
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Roy considers the connections Jameson makes between feminism and anti-racism in Winter Studies and Summer Rambles in Canada (1838), Hubbard's insights in A Woman's Way Through Unknown Labrador (1908) into her relationship with First Nations men who had both more and less power than she, and Laurence's awareness of colonial and patriarchical oppression in her African memoir The Prophet's Camel Bell (1963). Roy also examines archival and First Nations accounts of these women's travels, and the sketches, photos, and maps that accompany their writing, to examine contradictions in and question the implied objectivity of travel narratives. She concludes by looking at the myth of getting there first and the ways in which new technologies of representation, including cameras, allow travellers and writers to claim new travel firsts.

About the author

Wendy Roy

is a professor of Canadian Literature at the University of Saskatchewan. She researches gender and culture in Canadian women's writing and is the author of

Maps of Difference: Canada, Women, and Travel

(2005) and co-editor of

Listening Up, Writing Down, and Looking Beyond: Interfaces of the Oral, Written, and Visual



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