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The Oxford Book of Stories by Canadian Women in English (1999)

by Rosemary Sullivan (Editor)

Other authors: Bonnie Burnard (Contributor)

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Over the past one hundred and fifty years, and most especially since the late 1960s, Canadian women have made a remarkable contribution to world literature. Carol Shields won the Pulitzer Prize; Margaret Atwood, Janette Turner Hospital, Anne Michaels, and Carol Shields were short listed forthe Booker Award; Atwood and Michaels were nominated for the Orange. This anthology enocmpasses over a century and a half of writing by Canadian women. The stories collected here represent a cross-section of the best writing by women in the genre and demonstrate a wide range of styles from therealistic to the post-modern and experimental. All the stories are about women: in childhood, adolescence, maturity, old age; in relationships such as daughters, sisters, lovers, mothers; in a variety of social and political contexts. Though all authors are Canadian by birth or choice, nationalityand gender have different meanings for each of them. But all write confidently and eloquently of their experience as women. At the end of the last century, no one could have predicted such wealth in women's writing. Now we have only to celebrate it.This collection of highly readable stories is ideal for the trade market while at the same time Rosemary Sullivan establishes a canon of stories for the university/college market. These are writers engaging with many different genres, including historical fiction, domestic drama and more abstractintrospection. No reader will fail to be amused, enthralled, intrigued, or invigorated.… (more)
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Alford, EdnaAuthorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Atwood, MargaretAuthorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bannerji, HimaniAuthorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Brand, DionneAuthorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Duncan, Sara JeannetteAuthorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Engel, MarianAuthorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Flood, CynthiaAuthorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gallant, MavisAuthorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gault, ConnieAuthorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ghatage, ShreeAuthorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gibson, MargaretAuthorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Gowdy, BarbaraAuthorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Munro, AliceAuthorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Page, P.K.Authorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Philip, Marlene, NourbeseAuthorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rule, JaneAuthorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Schoemperlen, DianeAuthorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Scott, GailAuthorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Shields, CarolAuthorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Please distinguish Rosemary Sullivan's later anthology, The Oxford Book of Stories by Canadian Women in English (1999), from her early anthology, Stories by Canadian Women (1984). Both are published by Oxford University Press, but their contents are not the same. Contents of the later anthology are listed in the "Book description" Common Knowledge, below.
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Over the past one hundred and fifty years, and most especially since the late 1960s, Canadian women have made a remarkable contribution to world literature. Carol Shields won the Pulitzer Prize; Margaret Atwood, Janette Turner Hospital, Anne Michaels, and Carol Shields were short listed forthe Booker Award; Atwood and Michaels were nominated for the Orange. This anthology enocmpasses over a century and a half of writing by Canadian women. The stories collected here represent a cross-section of the best writing by women in the genre and demonstrate a wide range of styles from therealistic to the post-modern and experimental. All the stories are about women: in childhood, adolescence, maturity, old age; in relationships such as daughters, sisters, lovers, mothers; in a variety of social and political contexts. Though all authors are Canadian by birth or choice, nationalityand gender have different meanings for each of them. But all write confidently and eloquently of their experience as women. At the end of the last century, no one could have predicted such wealth in women's writing. Now we have only to celebrate it.This collection of highly readable stories is ideal for the trade market while at the same time Rosemary Sullivan establishes a canon of stories for the university/college market. These are writers engaging with many different genres, including historical fiction, domestic drama and more abstractintrospection. No reader will fail to be amused, enthralled, intrigued, or invigorated.

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Acknowledgements
Introduction
  • ”The Bereavement,” Catharine Parr Traill
  • ”A Red Girl's Reasoning,” E. Pauline Johnson
  • ”The Pool in the Desert,” Sara Jeannette Duncan
  • ”The Quarantine at Alexander Abraham's,” L.M. Montgomery
  • ”We Have to Sit Opposite,” Ethel Wilson
  • ”Antigone,” Sheila Watson
  • ”Causation,” Helen Weinzweig
  • ”Unless the Eye Catch Fire,” P.K. Page
  • ”I, Maureen,” Elizabeth Spencer
  • ”The Moslem Wife,” Mavis Gallant
  • ”The Rain Child,” Margaret Laurence
  • ”The Day Marlene Dietrich Died,” Rachel Wyatt
  • ”The Albanian Virgin,” Alice Munro
  • ”Lilian,” Jane Rule
  • ”Anita's Dance,” Marian Engel
  • ”The Train Family,” Joan Clark
  • ”The Orange Fish,” Carol Shields
  • ”Local Customs,” Audrey Thomas
  • ”There Goes the Groom,” Elisabeth Harvor
  • ”Bluebeard's Egg,” Margaret Atwood
  • ”Fever,” Sharon Butala
  • ”My Father Took a Cake To France,” Cynthia Flood
  • ”A Long Story,” Beth Brant Degonwadonti
  • ”Compatriots,” Emma Lee Warrior
  • ”On a Cold Day,” Himani Bannerji
  • ”Night Travellers,” Sandra Birdsell
  • ”Here and Now,” Janette Turner Hospital
  • ”Celia Behind Me,” Isabel Huggan
  • ”No More Denver Sandwiches,” Meeka Walsh
  • ”Crush,” Bonnie Burnard
  • ”Tall Cowboys and True,” Gail Scott
  • ”The Man Doll,” Susan Swan
  • ”The Late Date,” Edna Alford
  • ”Burn Sugar,” Marlene Nourbese Philip
  • ”The Butterfly Ward,” Margaret Gibson
  • ”The King of Siam,” Katherine Govier
  • ”My Sister's Love,” Judy Fong Bates
  • ”Inspection of a Small Village,” Connie Gault
  • ”The Death of Robert Browning,” Jane Urquhart
  • from The Anthropology of Water, Anne Carson
  • ”Ninety-three Million Miles Away,” Barbara Gowdy
  • ”The Friend,” Elizabeth Hay
  • ”Photograph,” Dionne Brand
  • ”Going Over the Bars,” Janice Kulyk Keefer
  • ”The County of Birches,” Judith Kalman
  • ”Five Small Rooms A Murder Mystery,” Diane Schoemperlen
  • ”White Shoulders,” Linda Svendsen
  • ”In Visible Ink,” Aritha van Herk
  • ”Deafness Comes to Me,” Shree Ghatage
  • ”A Great Man's Passing,” Lynn Coady
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