• 'The Grim Fact of Sisterhood': Female Collectivity in the Works of Agnes Maule Machar, Nellie L. McClung, and Mabel Burkholder

    Author(s):
    Katja Thieme (see profile)
    Date:
    2008
    Group(s):
    Feminist Humanities, History
    Subject(s):
    Canadian history, Canadian literature, Political literature
    Item Type:
    Book chapter
    Tag(s):
    20th Century Literature, class, collective politics, feminist studies, gender, Womens History Month
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6CG8D
    Abstract:
    Canadian feminists at the turn of the 20th century were interested in producing a collectivity that buttressed arguments for women's social and political participation. In this process, the negotiation of class relations among women was of particular importance in giving this feminism political weight. Often Canadian writers who took a feminist perspective came to an awareness of their privileged position when they envisaged female sisterhood. In their fiction, Agnes Maule Machar, Nellie L. McClung, and Mabel Burkholder created female protagonists who pledged to apply their privilege for the benefit of other women and at the same time used it to uphold and secure their class status. I show that through these protagonists these writers demonstrate how central considerations of class are to their conceptions of gender.
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