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Legacy and Contribution to Canada of European Female Emigrants

Francoise Le Jeune

The essays of this volume were gathered together on the occasion of a conference held at the Centre for Canadian Studies and Research of the University of Nantes. The theme of the conference emerged out of earlier reflections on the fact that there was only a small range of works on the vast topic of «Contribution and Legacy of Female European Emigrants to Canada». The scholars who contributed to this collection had each been concerned with the social history of emigration to Canada over the three or four centuries of its settlement and expansion. Readers will find three sections organized partly chronologically, partly thematically around two topics: women’s contribution to a migrant group, and individuals’ legacy. This wide range of articles in English and French also provides an on-going reflection on the use of sources from a historical, sociological and literary perspective.
Contents: Pauline Arseneault: Emergence de nouvelles sources de l’histoire des émigrantes – Yves Landry: Antécédents familiaux et contribution démographique des Filles du roi au peuplement du Canada au XVIIe siècle – Lorna McLean/Marilyn Barber: Making Colonial Homes: Sources on Irish Female Domestics in Nineteenth-Century Canada – Sylvie Arend: Women in Business and Liberal Professions in Late Nineteenth-Century Ontario: Some European Immigrant Profiles in Three Ontario Towns – Elizabeth Hopkins: The Enduring Legacy of Catharine Parr Traill – Raymonde Litalien: Une écrivaine séculière, Madame Bégon – Terry McDonald: «My Mistress taught me a great many French words...». English Women Emigrants to Canada in the 1830s – Annie Blondel-Loisel: On the Contribution of Swedes and more particularly Swedish Maids to the Establishment of a Community in Winnipeg at the end of the 19th Century – Elizabeth Smyth: French Women Religious in Canada West: a Case Study of Two Nineteenth Century Convent Academies of the Sisters of St Joseph (Toronto) and the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (London) – Françoise Le Jeune: British Female Emigrants‘ Contribution and Legacy to Colonial British Columbia – Georges Letissier: «Awayness» and the immigration experience in Jane Urquhart’s Away – Hélène Destrempes/Jean Morency: Naissance de l’écriture migrante au Canada français (1920-1950): les romans de Marie Le Franc et Geneviève de la Tour Fondue.