DoCEWW arises out of the much richer Canada's Early Women Writers bio-bibliographical project (CEWW). We initially thought we would reach a manageable 1000 authors—more or less—if we limited our selection criteria. Hence we have not sought the names of women who appeared in some specialized publications with highly specific readerships or limited distribution, such as missionary reports, trade magazines, school journals, etc. This database exists because we significantly underestimated the prolific output of early Canadian women writers: even without including these more specialized publications, we have included over 4500 women and are prepared to add women from other publications when they come to light.
The dates CEWW (and thus DoCEWW) covers—from the beginning of Canadian women’s authorship up to and including 1950—were dictated in part by a limitation of the amount of research possible in a finite project. The end-date was chosen specifically because the Canadian Writing Research Collaboratory has another project, Canadian Women Writing and Reading from 1950, run by Dr. Patricia Demers.
DoCEWW includes information that is useful and not overwhelmingly difficult to acquire. Dates and places of birth and death, alternate names, residences, titles produced and contributed to, present a baseline that would be useful in constructing meaningful but simple profiles of individual authors and the possible links between them. Publication dates, along with publishers’ names and places, offer another important route to discovering connections between these women. More complete information for over 600 of these authors can be found in CEWW.
The note field associated with each author or title contains significant information that cannot be easily added to any of the data fields, such as familial relationships or an unusual publication history.
Dates of books
Titles with (n.d.) indicate that there is no date written in the text, although a copy of the book has been located.
The absence of a date following the title indicates that the book did or does exist, but we have not located a copy.
Titles whose existence is uncertain are listed in the Notes field.
c1931 indicates that the date is approximate, and is not listed in the book; dates for which we only know the decade are indicated by a hypen as the last digit c193-.
Some journal titles do not have a place name associated with them because either there are too many journals with the same title (Western Home Journal, for example, is the title of at least seven different magazines in Canada and the US) or the title is too generic (Poetry, for example) to identify the publication’s specific location if it was not included in the original data about the author.
This means, unfortunately, that our data listing the authors contributing to each journal cannot be used for statistical analysis. Rather, the list provides an idea of the scope of our authors’ inclusion in known journals.
The dearth of biographical information for many of these women means that, especially with contributors to periodicals, we cannot guarantee that the authors were Canadian. Our efforts to determine nationality are ongoing.
Terms we use
Books are any separately published item, including offprints, pamphlets, and chapbooks.
Collections are published volumes that contain works by multiple contributors. These are sometimes anthologies (created by an editor, sometimes but not always with the authors’ knowledge and approval) or books to which the author contributed a chapter, article, introduction, etc.
Periodicals are journals, newspapers, and other publications that were produced at regular intervals. These range from daily newspapers to annuals.
We have identified seven genres:
Autobiography: all forms of writing about the author's own life (such as memoirs, diaries, letters, and personal travel writing).
Biography: all biographies of individuals other than the author, regardless of the degree of scholarly detail (such as popular biographies and accounts of historical personalities).
Drama: all titles prepared for presentation in a dramatic forum (such as plays, dialogues, and spoken monologues).
Fiction: all prose writing that is understood to be the invention of the author, regardless of length (such as novels, short stories, and short story collections).
Non-fiction: all writing assumed to be based on fact (such as guidebooks, cookbooks, textbooks, scientific articles, political journalism, and instruction manuals).
Poetry: all items in poetic form, regardless of length.
Uncertain: titles for which the genre is unknown or impossible to determine.
Created 2017-10-27 14:50:53 by Karyn Huenemann.
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