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The Woman's Page

Journalism and Rhetoric in Early Canada

by (author) Janice Fiamengo

Publisher
University of Toronto Press
Initial publish date
Oct 2008
Category
Canadian
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9780802097828
    Publish Date
    Oct 2008
    List Price
    $80.00
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9780802095374
    Publish Date
    Sep 2008
    List Price
    $34.95
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781442692534
    Publish Date
    Sep 2008
    List Price
    $31.95

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Description

In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, journalism, politics, and social advocacy were largely male preserves. Six women, however, did manage to come to prominence through their writing and public performance: Agnes Maule Machar, Sara Jeannette Duncan, E. Pauline Johnson, Kathleen Blake Coleman, Flora MacDonald Denison, and Nellie L. McClung. The Woman's Page is a detailed study of these six women and their respective works.

Focusing on the diverse sources of their rhetorical power, Janice Fiamengo assesses how popular poetry, journalism, essays, and public speeches enabled these women to play major roles in the central debates of their day. A few of their names, particularly those of McClung and Johnson, are still well known today, although studies of their writings and speeches are limited. Others are almost entirely unknown, an unfortunate fact given the wit, intelligence, and passion of their writing and self-presentation. Seeking to return their words to public attention, The Woman's Page demonstrates how these women influenced readers and listeners regarding their society's most controversial issues.

About the author

Janice Fiamengo is Full Professor of English at the University of Ottawa, specializing in early Canadian literature. She is the author of The Women’s Page (University of Toronto Press, 2008) and of numerous journal articles on Canadian women writers.

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Editorial Reviews

‘This study is compelling in its assembling of an archive of early Canadian women’s writing and speaking and in its balanced and lucid account of women as professional writers negotiating complicated and resistant structures of politics and ideology.’

<em>Canadian Literature</em> vol206: Autumn 2010

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