Paddling Her Own Canoe: The Times and Texts of E. Pauline Johnson (Tekahionwake)
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.
- Series: The Canada 150 Collection
- World Rights
- Page Count: 400 pages
- Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
"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."
Melissa Otis, Independent Scholar
The Canadian Historical Review vol. 99 no. 3, 2018
Veronica Strong-Boag is a professor emerita at the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice and the Department of Educational Studies, University of British Columbia.
Carole Gerson is Professor of English at Simon Fraser University.
PrizesRaymond Klibansky Prize, Canadian Foundation for the Humanities & Social Sciences - Winner in 2001
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