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This Woman in Particular

Contexts for the Biographical Image of Emily Carr

by Stephanie Kirkwood Walker, foreword by William Closson James

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What happens when an individual becomes the subject of many and divergent portraits?

“Biography,” says Stephanie Kirkwood Walker, “is a deceptive genre. Positioned between fact and fiction and elusive in its purposes, biography displays an individual life, an existence patterned by conventions that have also shaped the reader’s experience.” In This Woman in Particular, Walker explores versions of Emily Carr’s life that have appeared over the last half-century.

Walker contends that the biographical image of Emily Carr that emerges from an accumulation of biographies, films, plays and poetry as well as her own autobiographical writing establishes an elaborated cultural artefact — an “image” that is bound by its very nature to remain forever incomplete and always elusive. She demonstrates how changes in Carr’s biographical image parallel the maturing of Canadian biographical writing, reflecting attitudes toward women artists and the shifting balance between religion, secular attitudes and contemporary spirituality. And she concludes that biography plays a crucial role in all our lives in initiating and sustaining debate on vital personal and collective concerns.

About the Authors
Stephanie Kirkwood Walker is an artist and writer and teaches in the Department of Religion and Culture at Wilfrid Laurier University. She is a founding member of WindSight, a creative arts group, and directed An Attentive Life: Conversations with Edna Staebler.
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A specialist in religion in Canada, William Closson James has been a member of the Department of Religious Studies at Queen's University for more than thirty-five years.
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Awards
  • Short-listed, Raymond Klibansky Prize for Best Book in the Humanities

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