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The Feminine Gaze

A Canadian Compendium of Non-Fiction Women Authors and Their Books, 1836-1945

Anne Innis Dagg

Hardcover 354 pp.

ISBN13: 978-0-88920-355-6

Release Date: August 2001

Online discount: 25%

$85.00  $63.75


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Nominated for the 2003 Canadian Women's Studies Association Book Award

Many Canadian women fiction writers have become justifiably famous. But what about women who have written non-fiction?

When Anne Innis Dagg set out on a personal quest to make such non-fiction authors better known, she expected to find just a few dozen. To her delight, she unearthed 473 writers who have produced over 674 books.

These women describe not only their country and its inhabitants, but a remarkable variety of other subjects: from the story of transportation to the legacy of Canadian missionary activity around the world. While most of the writers lived in what is now Canada, other authors were British or American travellers who visited Canada throughout the years and reported on what they found here.

This compendium has brief biographies of all these women, short descriptions of their books, and a comprehensive index of their books’ subject matters.

The Feminine Gaze: A Canadian Compendium of Non-Fiction Women Authors and Their Books, 1836-1945 will be an invaluable research tool for women’s studies and for all who wish to supplement the male gaze on Canada’s past.

Anne Innis Dagg graduated from the University of Toronto in biology and earned her PhD in animal behaviour from the University of Waterloo—before it was popular to encourage women to find their future in science. She has published 14 books and over 100 articles on animal behaviour and on feminist issues, including the status of women in science, universities and the arts in Canada.


“This book provides valuable insight into the diversity and amount of non-fiction writing produced by women over the one-hundred-and-nine-year focus of the collection....fascinating and readable beyond the scope of a standard reference book....Ultimately, The Feminine Gaze is, and will be, a good source for historians of Canadian women’s writing and will provide a broader and more comprehensive context for those interested in the history of women’s varied and often surprising participation in Canadian culture.”

— Karen E. Macfarlane, Mount Saint Vincent University, Atlantis