Reading Canadian Women’s and Gender History

Edited by Nancy Janovicek and Carmen Nielson

© 2019

Inspired by the question of "what’s next?" in the field of Canadian women’s and gender history, this broadly historiographical volume represents a conversation among established and emerging scholars who share a commitment to understanding the past from intersectional feminist perspectives. It includes original essays on Quebecois, Indigenous, Black, and immigrant women’s histories and tackles such diverse topics as colonialism, religion, labour, warfare, sexuality, and reproductive labour and justice. Intended as a regenerative retrospective of a critically important field, this collection both engages analytically with the current state of women’s and gender historiography in Canada and draws on its rich past to generate new knowledge and areas for inquiry.

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  • Series: Studies in Gender and History
  • Division: Scholarly Publishing
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 368 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
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By putting past and present scholarship into dialogue with each other, this book addresses accomplishments in Canadian women’s and gender history, as well as ongoing silences and absences.

Reading Canadian Women’s and Gender History

Edited by Nancy Janovicek and Carmen Nielson

© 2019

Inspired by the question of "what’s next?" in the field of Canadian women’s and gender history, this broadly historiographical volume represents a conversation among established and emerging scholars who share a commitment to understanding the past from intersectional feminist perspectives. It includes original essays on Quebecois, Indigenous, Black, and immigrant women’s histories and tackles such diverse topics as colonialism, religion, labour, warfare, sexuality, and reproductive labour and justice. Intended as a regenerative retrospective of a critically important field, this collection both engages analytically with the current state of women’s and gender historiography in Canada and draws on its rich past to generate new knowledge and areas for inquiry.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Series: Studies in Gender and History
  • Division: Scholarly Publishing
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 368 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    "Reading Canadian Women’s and Gender History taps into the pulse of the ever evolving field of Women, Gender and Feminist studies in Canada with emphasis on diversity and the theoretical debates that are and have been at the heart of the discipline over a number of years. Featuring extraordinary and memorable essays, this volume fills an important gap by offering the state of the Canadian women’s history as well as proposing new directions for pursuit.


    Carol Williams, History, University of Lethrbridge

    “This is an important and timely collection of original and thought-provoking historiographical essays. By tracing the theoretical and activist origins of the field and thoughtfully challenging historians to address ongoing silences, it makes a significant contribution to the diverse and rich field of gender and women’s history in Canada.”


    Lara Campbell, Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies, Simon Fraser University
  • Author Information

    Nancy Janovicek is an associate professor of History at the University of Calgary.


    Carmen Nielson is an associate professor of History at Mount Royal University.
  • Table of contents

    Introduction: Feminist Conversations
    Nancy Janovicek and Carmen Nielson

    1. Our Historiographical Moment: A Conversation about Indigenous Women’s History in Canada in the Early Twenty-First Century
        Mary Jane Logan McCallum and Susan M. Hill
    2. Writing Black Canadian Women’s History: Where We have Been and Where We are Going
        Karen Flynn and Funke Aladejebi
    3. Le Québec, l’histoire des femmes et du genre et la question nationale
        Denyse Baillargeon
    4. Class, Race, and Gender Roles in Early British North America
        Katherine M.J. McKenna
    5. Performative (Ir)rationality: Rethinking Agency in Canadian Histories of Gender, Religion and Beyond
        Beth A. Robertson
    6. Home Fronts and Frontlines: A Gendered History of War and Peace
        Tarah Brookfield & Sarah Glassford
    7. Historical Feminisms in Canada to 1940: Further Reflections on the So-Called First Wave
        Nancy Forestell
    8. Never Done: Feminists Reinterpret Their Own History
        Joan Sangster
    9. Beyond Sisters or Strangers: Writing Feminist Histories of Immigrant Women in Canada and Rewriting Canadian History
        Marlene Epp and Franca Iacovetta
    10. Primal Urge/National Force: Sex, Sexuality and National History
          Heather Stanley
    11. Challenging Work: Feminist Scholarship on Women, Gender, and Work in Canadian History
          Lisa Pasolli and Julia Smith
    12. Realizing Reproductive Justice in Canadian History
          Shannon Stettner, Kristin Burnett, and Lori Chambers