Wilderness as Text in the Writings of Catharine Parr Traill and Susanna Moodie Catharine Parr Traill (1802-1899) and Susanna Moodie, sisters and authors, present a fascinating contrast in the way they reacted to the Canadian wilderness after their emigration to Canada in 1832. It is common knowledge that while Traill remained calm and optimistic, Moodie saw her experience in much more negative terms. I propose below to compare their respective reactions by looking at how each author "read" the experience she had undertaken: the vocabulary she chose, the narratives she preferred, and the concepts that informed the whole. My material will be drawn from autobiographical accounts: Traill's The Backwoods of Canada and Moodie's Roughing It in...The end:
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