Recipient of the Gabrielle Roy Prize 2004
Writing the Everyday: Women’s Textual Communities in Atlantic Canada. McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2004.
The Association for Canadian and Quebec Literatures’ 2004 Gabrielle Roy Prize for English-language criticism has been awarded to Dr. Danielle Fuller (Lecturer, Department of American and Canadian Studies, University of Birmingham) for her book Writing the Everyday: Women’s Textual Communities in Atlantic Canada.
This was a unanimous decision of the committee, who singled out for praise Fulller’s innovative application of feminist standpoint theory to an analysis of the ‘particular’ as it operates in a region, a corpus of texts (including poetry, prose, interviews, orature, storytelling, and performance), and above all communities of women (in writing and reading groups, editing/publishing/circulating bodies, etc.) under-examined in Canadian literary scholarship. Committee members also appreciated the careful balance struck in the book between broader theoretical and sociological analysis and the close reading of individual authors and texts, the strong and lucid writing, and the author’s contextualization of her own position as outsider/’participant-observer’ within the textual communities she is analyzing. Writing the
Everyday is a work of remarkable scholarship and erudition, which is sure to be referenced by critics of Canadian literature and Atlantic women’s writing for years to come.