Victorian Image of Canada: English Gentlewomen and their Perceptions of Canada 1830-1900
My research explores the English Victorian female perception of Canada and the female influence on creating and/or altering the Canadian image. The formation of the Canadian identity in the Victorian era has largely been discussed from th male lens, this work aims to address this significant missing chapter.
This project examines primary materials produced by a number of female settlers and travellers which speak to the women's experiences in Canada; these sources include diaries, drawings, paintings, letters, books, maps, etc. The figures of focus in this project include, but are not limited to, Anne Langton, Susanna Moodie, Catherine Parr Traill, Anna Brownell Jameson and Hariot Hamilton-Temple-Blackwood, Marchioness of Dufferin and Ava.
This work will examine the women's experience and reflections of Canadian society, politics and nature. Additionally, the project seeks to reflect upon the women's understanding of and interactions with the French Canadians and Indigenous Peoples of Canada.