Prairie Fairies: A History of Queer Communities and People in Western Canada, 1930-1985
Prairie Fairies draws upon a wealth of oral, archival, and cultural histories to recover the experiences of queer urban and rural people in the prairies. Focusing on five major urban centres, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Regina, Edmonton, and Calgary, Prairie Fairies explores the regional experiences and activism of queer men and women by looking at the community centres, newsletters, magazines, and organizations that they created from 1930 to 1985.
Challenging the preconceived narratives of queer history, Valerie J. Korinek argues that the LGBTTQ community has a long history in the prairie west, and that its history, previously marginalized or omitted, deserves attention. Korinek pays tribute to the prairie activists and actors who were responsible for creating spaces for socializing, politicizing, and organizing this community, both in cities and rural areas. Far from the stereotype of the isolated, insular Canadian prairies of small towns and farming communities populated by faithful farm families, Prairie Fairies historicizes the transformation of prairie cities, and ultimately the region itself, into a predominantly urban and diverse place.
- Series: Studies in Gender and History
- World Rights
- Page Count: 528 pages
- Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.3in x 9.0in
"Reclaiming the term 'fairies' from diminishment and disrespect to pride, gender, and sexual difference is a notable claim. This research forms part of a trans-national project and contributes to the extensive cultural geographic literature on queer urban histories."
The Prairie Journal of Canadian Literature
Employing the most current LGBTTQ scholarship, Valerie Korinek’s Prairie Fairies takes us deep into a history of Canada’s Central Prairie Provinces (and occasionally south of the international border into the U.S. states of Montana, the Dakotas, and Minnesota) where few scholars have previously ventured. In scope and content, this volume is a must for anyone seeking a better understanding of the persevering lives of a people who have long been at the heart of the North American continent and its story.
Peter Boag, Washington State University
Prairie Fairies is an excellent and an extremely valuable contribution to the growing field of Canadian lesbian, gay, and queer history.
Liz Millward, Women’s and Gender Studies, University of Manitoba
Valerie Korinek is a professor in the Department of History at the University of Saskatchewan.
Table of contents
Part One 1930-1969: Queer Spaces and Opportunities
Chapter 1 The Torch of Golden Boy Burns Bright: Winnipeg 1930-1969
Chapter 2 A Kiss is Never Just a Kiss: Saskatchewan Queer History
Part Two 1970-1985: Communities, Community Building and Culture
Chapter 3 Wilde Times: Winnipeg’s Organizational Development
Chapter 4 Grassroots: Organizational & Social Developments in Saskatoon & Regina
Chapter 5 Outlaws: Organizational and Social Activities in Edmonton & Calgary
Part Three 1970-1985: Activism, Reaction, Visibility and Violence
Chapter 6 "Love and Let Love": Winnipeg Activism, Visibility & Violence
Chapter 7 "Towards a Gay Community": Saskatoon Activism and Leadership
Chapter 8 Found Ins at the Pisces Spa: Edmonton & Calgary Activism, Repression and Education
CSN/RÉC Prize for the Best Book in Canadian Studies- Winner in 2019
Jennifer Welsh Scholarly Writing Award awarded by Saskatchewan Book Awards- Winner in 2019
The Clio Prairies Region Prize awarded by the Canadian Historical Association- Winner in 2019
University of Saskatchewan Non-Fiction Award awarded by Saskatchewan Book Awards- Short-listed in 2019
CHA Canadian Committee on Women’s History Book Prize - Winner in 2020
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