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Prairie women : images in American and Canadian fiction

Author: Carol Fairbanks
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, ©1986.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Images of the frontier woman as long-suffering, worn, and alienated from the landscape pervade our historical and literary consciousness. Such images, however, which represent only one aspect of women's lives on the prairies, are most often found in the works of male novelists and historians. This book is based on an examination of over one hundred works from the frontier era to the present, all written by American  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Carol Fairbanks
ISBN: 0300033745 9780300033748
OCLC Number: 12695597
Description: xi, 300 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Women and the prairie landscape --
First wave of women --
White women and Indians --
Second wave of women --
The prairie town --
Prairie born, prairie bred --
"Miyopayiwin"-the unity of all things under sky.
Responsibility: Carol Fairbanks.

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Images of the frontier woman as long-suffering, worn, and alienated from the landscape pervade our historical and literary consciousness. Such images, however, which represent only one aspect of women's lives on the prairies, are most often found in the works of male novelists and historians. This book is based on an examination of over one hundred works from the frontier era to the present, all written by American and Canadian women who lived long periods of their lives on the prairies. The works provide new insights into women's roles on the frontier, their ordeals, and the factors behind their decisions to stay on prairie farms and in prairie towns. The descriptions of relationships between white women and Indians force us to rethink the traditional stereotypes of antagonism and fear on the part of white women and to recognize that some women not only made friends among Indians but preferred the Indian lifestyle. Above all, its vividly demonstrated that many women viewed the prairie with affection: as their home, as a source of imagination and creativity, and for some as a sacred place of healing. -- from book jacket.

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