Sandra Campbell, co-editor of "Pioneering Women," "Aspiring Women" and "New Women," three anthologies of short fiction by Canadian women to 1920, is currently completing a biography of Lorne Pierce, editor of Ryerson Press, 1920-1960. She teaches in the Pauline Jewett Institute of Women's Studies, Carleton University. She is General Editor of Tecumseh's Early Canadian Women Writers Series and editor of the critical edition of J.G. Sime 's "Sister Woman" published by Borealis Press in the Canadian Critical Editions series.
295 pages, Paperback ISBN: 9781896133416 $19.95 CA
295 pages, Hardcover ISBN: 9781896133393 $19.95 CA
About the Book
A rediscovered classic, J.G. Sime´s Sister Woman, originally published in 1919, is a pioneering book of short stories, focused on the social and sexual changes in women's lives underway in the early twentieth century. Set in the Montreal of World War I, the twenty-eight stories deal with the lives of middle and lower-class women with a frankness that startled Sime's contemporaries.
Sime´s characters—seamstresses, munitions workers, secretaries, cooks, charwomen and prostitutes — struggle with issues of sexuality, maternity and work, amid the immigration, urbanization and industrialization underway in the Canada of the day. Georgina Sime, herself an immigrant to Canada, used her short story cycle — interrelated stories about the "Woman's and the Man's Question" — to examine issues of gender, class, ethnicity and place and their impact on the lives of the women of her day. As a result, Sister Woman is a work of short fiction significant not only to Canadian literature, but to Canadian history and women's studies.