F20 Black Atlantic: Resources, Pedagogy, and Scholarship on the 18th Century Black Atlantic

Week 12: Friday, November 13: Woman of Colour and Mary Prince


Anon. Woman of Colour (PDF Exam Copy: Please do not circulate)
Prince. A History of Mary Prince
  If you have time, watch this film based on the life of Angelo Soliman (you may have to ask your player to add the subtitles): Angelo (2018)


Woman of Colour

Mary Prince

Related Primary:

Pringle: African Sketches (1835)
Moodie/Warner: Negro Slavery Described by a Negro: Being the Narrative of Ashton Warner, a Native of St. Vincent’s. With an Appendix Containing the Testimony of Four Christian Ministers, Recently Returned from the Colonies, on the System of Slavery as It Now Exists (1831)


Strickland Stuff

Image from 2016 graphic novel adaptation by Carol Shields and Patrick Crowe, illustrated by Selena Goulding

Recommended Primary: Shadd. A Plea for Emigration; Or Notes of Canada West; Chisholm. The A.B.C. of Colonization: In a Series of Letters (1850); Atwood. The Journals of Susanna Moodie (poetry, 1970) and Alias Grace (novel, 1996); Moodie.  Life in the Clearings (1853) and The Narrative of Ashton Warner (1831); Parr Traill. Canadian Crusoes (1852) and The Female Emigrant’s Guide (1854)

Reception Hisotry

Pre- WWII:
Hume, Blanche. The Strickland Sisters. Toronto: Ryerson Press, 1928.

Fowler, Marian. “Roughing It in the Bush: A Sentimental Novel.” Beginnings: A Critical Anthology. Ed. John Moss. Toronto: NC, 1980, 80-98.
MacLuich, T.D. “Crusoe in the Backwoods: A Canadian Fable?” Mosaic 9 (1976): 115-26.
Mathews, Robin. “Susanna Moodie, Pink Toryism, and Nineteenth-Century Ideas of Canadian Identity.” Journal of Canadian Studies  10 (1975):3-15.

Dean, Misao. “Concealing Her Bluestockings: Femininity and Self-Representation in Susanna Moodie’s Autobiographical Works.” Re-Sitting Queen’s English: Text and Tradition in Post-Colonial Literatures. Ed. Gillian Whitlock and Helen Tiffin. Amsterdam-Atlanta: Rodopi, 1992, 25-36.
Gerson, Carole. “Nobler Savages: Representations of Native Women in the Writings of Susanna Moodie and Catharine Parr Trail.” Journal of Canadian Studies 32 (1997):5-21.
Klepac, Tihana. “Susanna Moodie’s Roughing it in the Bush: A Female Contribution to the Creation of an Imagined Canadian Community.”Central European Journal of Canadian Studies/Revue d’Etudes Canadiennes en Europe Centrale, 7 (2011): 65-75.
Peterman, Michael A. “Reconstructing the Palladium of British America: How the Rebellion of 1837 and Charles Fothergill Helped to Establish Susanna Moodie as a Writer in Canada.” Papers of the Bibliographical Society of Canada 40/1 (2002):7-36.


Other Autobiographies of the Black Atlantic:

Craft and Craft. Running a Thousand Miles for Freedom (1860)

Bonetta and Davies. ‘Letters of Queen Victoria’s Wards.”From Women Writing Africa: West Africa and the Sahel. Feminist Press, 2005.

Seacole. Wonderful Adventures of Mrs. Seacole in Many Lands

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