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Elizabeth Waterston

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Publications by Elizabeth Waterston


Books (edited, with critical afterword / introduction)


Chapters in books

Lifetime count 25, in books published in England, Canada, Germany, Denmark, and Scotland.
  • 1960: “Symbolism in Tennyson’s Minor Poems,” Critical Essays on the Poetry of Tennyson, ed. John Kilham. London: Routledge and Kegan Paul.
  • 1965: “Travel Books, 1880-1920,” Literary History of Canada, vol. I, ed. Carl Klinck. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.
  • 1965: “Travel Books, 1920-1960,” Literary History of Canada, vol. II, ed. Carl Klinck. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.
  • 1966: “Lucy Maud Montgomery,” The Clear Spirit, ed. M.Q. Innis. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.
  • 1975 "Conclusion" in Re(Dis)covering our Foremothers, ed. Lorraine McMullen. Ottawa: University of Ottawa Press.
  • 1978: “New-found Eyes” Irving Layton, ed. Seymour Mayne. Toronto: McGraw Hill Ryerson.
  • 1978: “Crawford, Tennyson, and the Domestic Idyll,” Isabella Valancy Crawford, ed. Frank Tierney. Ottawa: Ottawa University Press.
  • 1982: “Past and Present Selves: Patterns in Sartor Resartus,” Thomas Carlyle, ed. Horst Drescher. Frankfort: Lang.
  • 1984: “Women in Canadian Fiction,” Canadiana, ed. Bjorn Carlsen. Aarhus, Denmark: AKA.
  • 1984: “The harp, the north, and Scott’s Irony,” Scott and his Times, ed. David Howitt. Aberdeen: Aberdeen University Press.
  • 1984: “Roberts, Parker, and the Uses of History,” Roberts: Reappraisals, ed. Glen Clever. Ottawa: Ottawa University Press.
  • 1987: "Orphans, Twins and L.M.Montgomery,” Family Fictions in Canadian Literature, ed. Peter Hinchcliffe. Waterlo:University of Waterloo Press.
  • 1989: "Double is Trouble: the Twin Motif in A Jest of God" Magaret Laurence: Reappraisals, ed. Colin Nicholson.London: Macmillan.
  • 1991: "Thomas Raddall, Historical fiction, and the Canadian Romance", Time and Place, ed. A.R. Young. Fredericton:Acadiensis Press.
  • 1994: “Marigold and the Magic of Memory,” Harvesting Thistles: the Textual Garden of L.M. Montgomery, ed. Mary Rubio. Guelph: Canadian Children’s Press.
  • 1997: “Scottish Women Abroad: The Canadian Experience,” A History of Scottish Women’s Writing, ed. Douglas Gifford and Dorothy MacMillan. Edinburgh: University of Edinburgh Press.
  • 1999: “Flowers in L. M. Montgomery,” L.M. Montgomery Album, ed. Kevin McCabe. Toronto: Fitzhenry & Whiteside.
  • 1999: “Reflection Piece: The Poetry of L.M.Montgomery” L.M. Montgomery and Canadian Culture, ed.Irene Ganmel and Elizabeth Epperly. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.
  • 1999: “Witness and Wife,” Called to Witness, ed. John Moir. Hamilton: Presbyterian Church of Canada.
  • 2000: “The Iconography of Islands: Margaret Atwood and L.M Montgomery” Message in a Bottle, ed. Laurie Brinklow, Frank Ledwell, Jane Ledwell. Chalottetown: Institute of Island Studies.
  • 2003: “The Nature of Children’s Literature,” Windows and Words, ed. Aida Hudson and Susan-Ann Cooper. Ottawa: University of Ottawa Press.
  • 2013: "Anne of Green Gables -- and Afterward," Anne around the World: L. M. Montgomery and her Classic, ed. Jane Ledwell and Jean Mitchell. Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press.
  • 2014: "Guilt, Guile and Ginger in Small Ceremonies," The Worlds of Carol Shields, ed. David Staines. Ottawa: University of Ottawa Press.
  • 2014: "Lucy Maud Montgomery 1874-1942 (1966)," The L.M.Montgomery Reader, Volume Two: A Critical Heritage, ed. Benjamin Lefebvre. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.
  • 2015: "Leaksdale: L.M. Montgomery's Rainbow Valley", L.M. Montgomery's Rainbow Valleys: The Ontario Years, 1911-1942, ed. Rita Bode and Lesley D. Clement. Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press.

Articles in refereed journals

Lifetime count 35 publications.
  • 1951: “Symbols in Tennyson’s Minor Poems,” University of Toronto Quarterly, July, XX,4.
  • 1968: “Politics of Conquest in in Canadian Historical Fiction,” Mosaic, Fall, III.
  • 1968: “New Mathematics: A Metaphor Built for Two,” Humanities Association Bulletin, XIX.
  • 1969: “Travel Paths in Canada,” Waterloo Historical Association, LVII.
  • 1971: “Kipling in Canada,” Journal of Canadian Studies, May, V,2.
  • 1971: “The Haloing Snake,” Alphabet, 18-19.
  • 1971: “Sir Walter Scott and Early Canadian novels,” Scottish Tradition, I, 2.
  • 1971: “Layton: Apocalypse in Montreal,” Canadian Literature, 48.
  • 1972: “Galt, Scott, and the Frontiers of Canadian Fiction,” Journal of Canadian Fiction, Summer.
  • 1973: “Canadian Cabbage, Canadian Rose,” Journal of Canadian Fiction, Summer, II.
  • 1974: “Kailyard Fiction and its Influence in Canada,” Scottish Tradition, VI-VII.
  • 1975: “Continuity in Canadian Studies,” Resources in Education, January.
  • 1976: “Prairie Experience,” Classmate, Winter.
  • 1976: “A Canadian Best Seller,” Journal of Canadian Studies, Summer.
  • 1976: “The Missing Face,” Studies in Canadian Literature, I, 2.
  • 1976: “The Gap in Henry Adams’ Education,” Canadian Review of American Studies, Fall.
  • 1977: “Tennyson and the Church Bells,” Dalhousie Review, Spring.
  • 1978: “Howells and the City of Quebec,” Canadian Review of American Studies, VII.
  • 1979: “Literature of Exploration,” Studies in Canadian Literature, Summer.
  • 1980: “John Galt’s Canadian Experience,” Studies in Scottish Literature, XV.
  • 1980: “Galt and the Lone Shieling,” Canadian Poetry, Summer, 6.
  • 1981: “Whistler at a New Plough: Alex Somerville in Canada,” Scottish Tradition, IX-X.
  • 1982: “Best-Sellers in 19th Century Canada,” Canadian Review of Comparative Literature, September.
  • 1982: “Travel Books: A Trip through Time,” Canadian Children’s Literature, 26.
  • 1985: “Gilbert Parker and the Rebellion of 1837,” Journal of Canadian Studies, 20,1.
  • 1985: “Scottish Literary Tradition in Canada,” Cencrastis, Fall.
  • 1985: “Town and country in Galt,” Urban History Review, June, XXXC.
  • 1986: “Scottish Studies in Canada,” Books in Scotland, Summer: 21
  • 1986: “Regions and Eras in Ontario Poetry,” Canadian Poetry, Spring/Summer: 18.
  • 1988: “Twins and Orphans in L.M. Montgomery,” New England Quarterly, Fall.
  • 1988: “Montgomery at Macdonald College,” The Macdonald Journal, May: 49,2.
  • 1991: “John Galt and the Canadian Star of Destiny,” Canadian Literature, 129: Summer.
  • 1995: “The Imperialist and the Politics of Presbyterian Ministry,” Scotlands, 2,1.
  • 1999: “Going for Eternity: A Child’s Garden of Verse,” Canadian Children’s Literature, 96: 25,4.
  • 2000: “Diana Bayley: A Grandmamma’s Tale,” Canadian Children’s Literature, 100: 26,4.

Entries in reference books

Lifetime count 23 entries.
  • 1972: “W.J. Anderson,” “Robert Middleton.” Dictionary of Canadian Biography, X. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.
  • 1976: “David Kinnear,” “William Bristow.” Dictionary of Canadian Biography, IX. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.
  • 1983: “Alex Somerville,” “John Henry Willan.” Dictionary of Canadian Biography, XI. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.
  • 1983: "Travel Literature in English", "Marshall Saunders", "Beautiful Joe", "John Galt", "Robert Sellar". The Oxford Companion to Canadian Literature. Toronto: Oxford University Press.
  • 1985: “Joseph Sheridan Hogan”, “John Howison,” “George Warburton.” Dictionary of Canadian Biography, VI. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.
  • 1985: “Travel Writing,” “Carl Klinck,” “Malcolm Ross.” Canadian Encyclopedia. Edmonton: Hurtig Publishing.
  • 1987: “Jocelyn Waller.” Dictionary of Canadian Biography, VIII. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.
  • 1989: "Patrick Slater," "George Johnston." Dictionary of Literary Biography. ed. W.H. New. Chicago: Gale.
  • 1989: "La littérature du voyage," "La littérature pour la jeunesse." Dictionnaire universelle des littératures. Paris: Les presses universitaires de France.
  • 1990: “Alexander McLachlan,” “John Galt,” “Tiger Dunlop.” Dictionary of Literary Biography ed. W.H. New. Chicago: Gale.
  • 1994: “Popular Writing,” "Canadian Children's Literature,” "Farley Mowat". Encyclopedia of Post-Colonial Literatures in English, eds. Eugene Benson and Leonard Conolly. London: Routledge.
  • 1996: “Carl Klinck,” “Malcolm Ross.” New Canadian Encyclopedia, ed. Robert Fraser. Edmonton: McClelland & Stewart.
  • 1997: “Travel Literature in English," "Marshall Saunders," "Beautiful Joe," "John Galt," "Robert Sellar," “Best Sellers.” Oxford Companion to Canadian Literature, ed. Eugene Benson and William Toye. Toronto: Oxford University Press.
  • 2001: "Marshall Saunders", "Beautiful Joe", "John Galt", "Robert Sellar." The Concise Oxford Companion to Canadian Literature, ed. William Toye. Toronto: Oxford University Press.

Book reviews in refereed journals

Lifetime count 29 reviews.
  • 1972: “King of Egypt,” Journal of Canadian Fiction, Fall, 3.
  • 1972: “New found Eyes,” Canadian Literature, 52.
  • 1973: “Two Canadian Novelists,” Humanities Association Review.
  • 1973: “Scott’s Short Stories,” Canadian Literature, 55.
  • 1974: “The Play’s the thing,” Journal of Canadian Fiction, 11, 44.
  • 1974: “A Small Mercy,” Canadian Literature, 61.
  • 1977: “John Moss, Laurie Ricou,” English Studies in Canada, III.
  • 1977: “Thomas Raddall, In My Time,” University of Toronto Quarterly, Summer, SLVI.
  • 1978: “An Egyptian Queen and Commodity Literature,” Journal of Canadian Fiction, 22.
  • 1979: “The Old Adams,” Canadian Review of American Studies, X, 2.
  • 1980: “Fantasy as an Olden Days Coat,” Canadian Children’s Literature, 15-16.
  • 1981: “Desmond Pacey,” World Literature Written in English, 20.
  • 1982: “Civilization?” Canadian Literature, 95.
  • 1982: “The Marriage Bed,” World Literature Written in English, 21.
  • 1982: “Doyle’s Yankees,” University of Toronto Quarterly, Summer.
  • 1982: “Prophetic Self and the Problem of Voice,” Canadian Review of American Studies, 13, 2.
  • 1983: “John Walker,” University of Toronto Quarterly, 101.
  • 1984: “Thomas Raddall,” University of Toronto Quaterly, 53, 4.
  • 1984: “Victorian Sketches,” Canadian Literature, 101.
  • 1986: “Marian Engel,” Resources for Feminist Research, 9,2.
  • 1987: “L.M. Montgomery: A Preliminary Bibliography,” Papers of the Bibliographical Society of Canada, XXV.
  • 1988: “Heart Strings,” Canadian Literature, winter, 115.
  • 1990 "Roughing it in the Bush, ed. Carl Ballstadt", University of Toronto Quarterly, 60, 1, 150-153.
  • 1991: "Critical Boundaries," Literary Review of Canada, I, 2, 7-11.
  • 1992: “Ballstadt’s Roughing it in the Bush,” University of Toronto Quarterly, 60, 1.
  • 1995: “Two Schools,” Literary Review of Canada, October, IV.
  • 1996: “Gardening by book,” Literary Review of Canada, December 5, 11.
  • 1997: “The Poetry of John Strachan,” University of Toronto Quarterly, Summer.
  • 1998: “Paddling in the Burn,” Canadian Children’s Literature. 90/91.

Speeches and Papers read at conferences

Lifetime count 50 invited speeches at: Canadian Council of Teachers of English, Vancouver; Ontario Council on Canadian Studies, Glendon College; Canadian Association for American Studies, Ottawa; Gordon Roper conference, Trent University; New England Modern Language Association, Burlington, VT; McMaster University; Sir Walter Scott Conference, University of Florida, Gainesville; Association of Canadian and Quebec Literatures, Saskatoon; Conference on Biography and Literature, Wilfrid Laurier University; University of Windsor; National Federation of University Women, Quebec City; International Federation of Burns Clubs; Maritime Symposium, Acadia. University; International Carlyle Conference, Mainz, Germany; Aberdeen International Conference on Scott; Sir Walter Scott Club, Toronto; University of Ottawa; North Eastern Modern Language Association, Erie, PA.; Culture and Technology Conference, St. Michael’s College, Toronto; Canadian Historical Association. University of Guelph; Conference on Canada, Aarhus, Denmark; Atlantic Institute, Charlottetown; University of Manitoba public address; University of Ottawa, International Conference on Canada, Edinburgh; International Conference on Robert Louis Stevenson, Guelph; Conference on Family fictions, University of Waterloo; Interrnational Conference of Society for Research in Children’s Literature, Salamanca, Spain; International Symposium on American and Canadian Cultures, Helsinki, Finland; International Conference on Scottish-Canadian Connections, University of Edinburgh; Small Islands Conference, Charlottetown; L. M. Montgomery Literary Institute Conferences, Charlottetown; Conference on Canadian Children’s Literature, Ottawa; Scottish Colloquium. Guelph; Public Library Series, Bradenton, FL.; International Conference on L. M. Montgomery, Uppsala, Sweden.



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