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Gail Campbell wins 2018 CCWH Book Prize-FR and SJ

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Posted on Jun 8, 2018

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Congratulations to Dr. Gail Campbell, who won the 2018 Canadian Committee on Women's History Book Prize in Women's and Gender History for her latest book, 'I Wish to Keep a Record': Nineteenth-Century New Brunswick Women Diarists and The World (Toronto: UTP, 2017).

Awarded every two years, the CCWH Book Prize recognizes the best book published in the field over the previous two years, in either English or French.

The following citation from CCWH accompanied the announcement:

"Gail Campbell’s ‘I Wish to Keep a Record’ is a beautifully written and methodologically impressive analysis of 28 women diarists over multiple generations in 19th-century New Brunswick.  By examining broad themes in the life course of New Brunswick women, including dating, marriage, family, community, paid labour, education, and politics, Campbell demonstrates that 19th-century women lived within overlapping and interdependent 'concentric circles' of family, community, and society. Drawing on insights from literary theory, the close historical reading of each diary tells us about the daily lives and lived experiences of New Brunswick women and how they were actors in the larger world around them.

"The book draws the reader into the day-to-day life of a diverse group of Anglophone New Brunswick women, some older and some younger, some single, married or widowed, some living in towns and cities and others on rural farms. Campbell acknowledges the emotion that arises when reading about the intimate lives of women in the past, and her historical sensitivity and compassion is evident in the chapters dealing with death, grief, and loss. Campbell’s book is a remarkable contribution to the fields of women’s history, family history, and the history of the Maritimes and New Brunswick within the context of the transatlantic world."

The CCWH is a national organization of women’s historians and an affiliate of the national professional organization for historians, the Canadian Historical Association. 

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