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Paddling Her Own Canoe

The Times and Texts of E. Pauline Johnson (Tekahionwake)

by (author) Veronica Strong-Boag & Carole Gerson

Publisher
University of Toronto Press
Initial publish date
Jun 2017
Category
Women, Native Americans, Canadian, Historical, Literary, Women Authors
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781487522414
    Publish Date
    May 2017
    List Price
    $37.95
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9780802080240
    Publish Date
    Jun 2000
    List Price
    $36.95
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9780802041623
    Publish Date
    Jun 2000
    List Price
    $80.00
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781487516956
    Publish Date
    Jun 2017
    List Price
    $33.95

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Frequently dismissed as a 'nature poet' and an 'Indian Princess' E. Pauline Johnson (1861-1913) was not only an accomplished thinker and writer but a contentious and passionate personality who 'talked back' to Euro-Canadian culture. Paddling Her Own Canoe is the only major scholarly study that examines Johnson's diverse roles as a First Nations champion, New Woman, serious writer and performer, and Canadian nationalist.

 

A Native advocate of part-Mohawk ancestry, Johnson was also an independent, self-supporting, unmarried woman during the period of first-wave feminism. Her versatile writings range from extraordinarily erotic poetry to polemical statements about the rights of First Nations. Based on thorough research into archival and published sources, this volume probes the meaning of Johnson's energetic career and addresses the complexities of her social, racial, and cultural position. While situating Johnson in the context of turn-of-the-century Canada, the authors also use current feminist and post-colonial perspectives to reframe her contribution. Included is the first full chronology ever compiled of Johnson's writing.

 

Pauline Johnson was an extraordinary woman who crossed the racial and gendered lines of her time, and thereby confounded Canadian society. This study reclaims both her writings and her larger significance.

About the authors

Veronica Strong-Boag is a professor of women’s and gender studies and of educational studies at the University of British Columbia. She is a member of the Royal Society of Canada and a past president of the Canadian Historical Association. She has written widely on the history of Canadian women and children—including studies of the 1920s and 30s, the experience of post—WW II suburbia, Nellie L. McClung, E. Pauline Johnson, childhood disabilities, and modern neo-conservatism’s attack on women and children—and has won the John A. Macdonald Prize in Canadian History, the 2012 Canada Prize in the Social Sciences awarded by the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences and, with Carole Gerson, the Raymond Klibansky Prize in the Humanities. In 2012 Strong-Boag was awarded the Tyrrell Medal from the Royal Society of Canada for outstanding work in Canadian history. She is the author of Fostering Nation: Canada Confronts Its History of Childhood Disadvantage (WLU Press, 2010).

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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.

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Awards

  • Winner, Raymond Klibansky Prize, Canadian Foundation for the Humanities & Social Sciences

Editorial Reviews

"Well written and informative, this book is highly recommended for readers interested in the nineteenth- and early twentieth-century history of Native women, the history of Native women, the New Woman, writers, and performers. For scholars interested in the history of mixed-race women, this book is essential."

The Canadian Historical Review vol. 99 no. 3, 2018

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