Skip to main content Skip to search Skip to search

Social Science Women's Studies

Unsettled Pasts

Reconceiving the West through Women's History

contributions by Sarah Carter, Kristin Burnett, Christine Georgina Bye, Mary Leah De Zwart, Lesley A. Erickson, Cheryl Foggo, Nadine I. Kozak, Siri Louie, Graham A. MacDonald, Florence Melchior, Patricia A. Roome, Eliane Leslau Silverman, Olive Stickney, Aritha van Herk, Muriel Stanley Venne & Cora J. Voyageur

edited by Lesley Erickson, Patricia Roome & Char Smith

Publisher
University of Calgary Press
Initial publish date
Dec 2005
Category
Women's Studies
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781552381779
    Publish Date
    Dec 2005
    List Price
    $44.95
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781552384701
    Publish Date
    Dec 2005
    List Price
    $44.95

Add it to your shelf

Where to buy it

Description

The traditional mythology of the West is dominated by male images: the fur trader, the Mountie, the missionary, the miner, the cowboy, the politician, the Chief. Unsettled Pasts: Reconceiving the West claims to re-examine the West through women's eyes. It draws together contributions from researchers, scholars, and academic and community activists, and seeks to create dialogue across geographic, cultural, and disciplinary boundaries. Ranging from scholarly essays to poetry, these pieces offer the reader a sample of some of today's most innovative approaches to western Canadian women's history; several of the themes that run throughout the volume have only recently been critically addressed. By rewriting the West from the perspective of women, the contributors complicate traditional narratives of the region's past by contesting historical generalizations, thus transcending the myths and "frontier" legacies that emerged out of imperial and masculine priorities and perspectives.

With Contributions by:

Kristin Burnett Cristine Georgina Bye Sarah Carter Mary Leah De Zwart Lesley A. Erickson Cheryl Foggo Nadine I. Kozak Siri Louie Graham A. Macdonald Florence Melchior Patricia A. Roome Eliane Leslau Silverman Olive Stickney Aritha Van Herk Muriel Stanley Venne Cora J. Voyageur

About the authors

Sarah Carter, F.R.S.C., is H.M. Tory Chair and Professor in the Department of History and Classics, and Faculty of Native Studies at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. She is a specialist in the history of Western Canada and is the author of Aboriginal People and Colonizers of Western Canada to 1900, Capturing Women, and Lost Harvests. Sarah Carter was awarded the Jensen-Miller Prize by the Coalition for Women's History for the best article published in 2006 in the field of women and gender in the trans-Mississippi West.

Sarah Carter's profile page

Lesley Erickson holds a doctorate in history from the University of Calgary. Her research interests include women’s and gender history, western Canadian history, and the history of crime and punishment.

Lesley Erickson's profile page

Patricia Roome is a member of the Humanities Department at Mount Royal University, where she teaches history and women's studies.

Patricia Roome's profile page

Char Smith's profile page

Kristin Burnett's profile page

Christine Georgina Bye's profile page

Mary Leah De Zwart's profile page

Lesley A. Erickson's profile page

Cheryl Foggo is a journalist, screenwriter, poet, and playwright. She has a particular interest in the history of Black pioneers on the prairies and has written extensively on that subject in books, magazines, and anthologies. She lives in Calgary.

Cheryl Foggo's profile page

Nadine I. Kozak's profile page

Siri Louie's profile page

Graham MacDonald has worked as a historian, teacher, librarian, and park planner. He is the author of A Good Solid Comfortable Establishment: An Illustrated History of Lower Fort Garry, and Where the Mountains Meet the Prairies: A History of Waterton Country (University of Calgary Press).

Graham A. MacDonald's profile page

Florence Melchior's profile page

Patricia A. Roome's profile page

Eliane Leslau Silverman's profile page

Olive Stickney's profile page

Aritha van Herk teaches Creative Writing, Canadian Literature and Contemporary Narrative. Her novels include Judith, The Tent Peg, No Fixed Address (nominated for the Governor General's Award for fiction), Places Far From Ellesmere (a geografictione) and Restlessness. Her critical works, A Frozen Tongue (ficto-criticism) and In Visible Ink (crypto-frictions) stretch the boundaries of the essay and interrogate questions of reading and writing as aspects of narrative subversion. With Mavericks: an Incorrigible History of Alberta (winner of the Grant MacEwan Author's Award) van Herk ventured into new territory, transforming history into a narratological spectacle. That book frames the new permanent exhibition that opened at the Glenbow Museum in 2007. van Herk is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and is active in Canada's literary and cultural life, writing articles and reviews as well as creative work. She has served on many juries, including the Governor General's Award and the Commonwealth Writers' Prize. She is well known in the broader community of the city, the province, and the country as a writer and a public intellectual.

Aritha van Herk's profile page

Muriel Stanley Venne's profile page

Dr. Cora J. Voyageur is a full professor in the sociology department at the University of Calgary, where she has taught for more than 20 years. Her research interests explore the Indigenous experience in Canada, including leadership, community and economic development, women’s issues, and health. She is a Residential School Survivor and a member of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation from northern Alberta.

Cora J. Voyageur's profile page

Other titles by Sarah Carter

Other titles by Kristin Burnett

Other titles by Lesley A. Erickson

Other titles by Graham A. MacDonald

Other titles by Eliane Leslau Silverman

Other titles by Lesley Erickson

Recognition and Revelation

Short Nonfiction Writings

by (author) Margaret Laurence
edited by Nora Foster Stovel
foreword by David Laurence
afterword by Aritha van Herk

Robert Kroetsch

Essayist, Novelist, Poet

edited by David Staines
contributions by David Eso, Tanja Cvetkovic, Robert David Stacey, Martin Kuester, Albert Braz, Jennifer Baker, Cameron Anstee, Jason Wiens, Dennis Cooley, Nicole Markotic, Laurie Ricou, Wolfgang Klooss, Aritha van Herk, Rudy Wiebe & Phill Hall

Post-glacial

The Poetry of Robert Kroetsch

by (author) Robert Kroetsch
edited by David Eso
afterword by Aritha van Herk

Waiting

An Anthology of Essays

edited by Rona Altrows & Julie Sedivy
contributions by Samantha Albert, Sharon Butala, Jane Cawthorne, Weyman Chan, Rebecca Danos, Patti Edgar, Leslie Greentree, John Graham-Pole, Edythe Hanen, Vivian Hansen, Jane Harris, Richard Harrison, Lee Kvern, Elizabeth Haynes, Anne Lévesque, Margaret Macpherson, Alice Major, Wendy McGrath, Stuart McKay, Lorri Neilsen Glenn, Susan Olding, Roberta Rees, Kathy Seifert, Cora Siré, Steven Smith, Anne Sorbie, Glen Sorestad, Kelly Thompson, Robin Eck & Aritha van Herk

The Frontier of Patriotism

Alberta and the First World War

edited by Adriana A. Davies & Jeff Keshen
contributions by David Borys, Juliette Champagne, Brett Clifton, Catherine C. Cole, Rory Cory, Duff Crerar, Michael Dawe, L. James Dempsey, Antonella Fanella, Alvin Finkel, Ryan Flavelle, David Gallant, Stephen Greenhalgh, Jarett Henderson, Mark Osborne Humphries, Chris Hyland, Kathryn Ivany, Allan Kerr, Norman Knowles, J. Whitney Lackenbauer, Robert Lampard, Michale Lang, Kassandra Luciuk, Rod McLeod, John Matthews, Peter McKenzie-Brown, Sean Moir, Patricia Myers, Allan Rowe, Robert Rutherdale, Amy Shaw, Donald J. Smith, Paul Stortz, Doug Styles, Ken Tingley, Aritha van Herk, Donald G. Wetherell & Anthony Worman

Stampede and the Westness of West

by (author) Aritha van Herk

Prairie Gothic

Photographs by George Webber

photographs by George Webber
text by Aritha van Herk

Prairie Gothic (Limited Edition)

by (photographer) George Webber
text by Aritha van Herk

In This Place

Calgary 2004-2011

by (author) George Webber & Aritha van Herk

Not Drowning But Waving

Women, Feminism, and the Liberal Arts

edited by Susan Brown, Jeanne Perreault, Jo-Ann Wallace & Heather Zwicker
contributions by Katherine Binhammer, Christine Bold, Patricia Clements, Amber Dean, Cecily Devereux, Len Findlay, Louise Forsyth, Lise Gotell, Elizabeth Groeneveld, Isobel Grundy, Tessa Jordan, Philomena Okeke-Ihejirika, Christine Overall, Heather Murray, Donna Pennee, Julie Rak, Ann Shteir, Aruna Srivastava, Marjorie Stone, Aritha van Herk, Ann Wilson & Erin Wunker

Other titles by Char Smith