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This Woman in Particular

Contexts for the Biographical Image of Emily Carr



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This Woman in Particular by Stephanie Kirkwood Walker
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What happens when an individual becomes the subject of many and divergent portraits? "Biography," says Stephanie Kirkwood Walker, "is a deceptive genre. Positioned between fact and fiction and elusive in its purposes, biography displays an individual life, an existence patterned by conventions that have also shaped the reader's experience." In This Woman in Particular, Walker explores versions of Emily Carr's life that have appeared over the last half-century. Walker contends that the biographical image of Emily Carr that emerges from an accumulation of biographies, films, plays and poetry as well as her own autobiographical writing establishes an elaborated cultural artefact -- an "image" that is bound by its very nature to remain forever incomplete and always elusive. She demonstrates how changes in Carr's biographical image parallel the maturing of Canadian biographical writing, reflecting attitudes toward women artists and the shifting balance between religion, secular attitudes and contemporary spirituality. And she concludes that biography plays a crucial role in all our lives in initiating and sustaining debate on vital personal and collective concerns.

Author Biography

Stephanie Kirkwood Walker is an artist and writer and teaches in the Department of Religion and Culture at Wilfrid Laurier University. She is a founding member of WindSight, a creative arts group, and directed An Attentive Life: Conversations with Edna Staebler. William Closson James was professor at Queen's University in Kingston in the Department of Religious Studies.
Release date NZ
May 1st, 1996
Foreword by William Closson James
Country of Publication
Wilfrid Laurier University Press
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