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In the Interval of the Wave: Prince Edward Island Women's Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century Life Writing

McDonald-Rissanen, Mary

ISBN 10: 0773542124 / ISBN 13: 9780773542129
Published by McGill Queens Univ Pr, 2013
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271 pages. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" Tall. Bookseller Inventory # 14993

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Title: In the Interval of the Wave: Prince Edward ...

Publisher: McGill Queens Univ Pr

Publication Date: 2013

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Good

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Taking its title from a poem by Prince Edward Island poet Anne Compton, In the Interval of the Wave is a close study of diaries written by Prince Edward Island women in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Women from both rural and urban regions of the Island recorded their lives in a genre that allowed them to play with the conventions of the language they knew. For busy farm wives, their quotidian language, syntax, and choice of topic appear simple, whereas for the urban elite like Margaret Gray Lord and Wanda Wyatt, the erudition of their diaries suggests a more leisured existence. Mary McDonald-Rissanen argues that the initial reception of the text - its physical appearance, handwriting, gaps, and flood of words - provides interesting insights for understanding the circumstances of Prince Edward Island women from times past. Intertextual readings of the diaries alongside other cultural artifacts such as paintings, histories, folk stories, and songs embellish the idiosyncratic diary discourse. Diaries enabled women to write their voices, create a subjective identity, and redefine their place in the world. In the Interval of the Wave exposes lives lived and recorded in a special moment and place never far from the rhythm of the sea.

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Mary McDonald-Rissanen was born and brought up in Prince Edward Island and lives in Finland where she teaches English, lectures, and conducts research on language and literature.

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