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PEI Women Life Writing


PEI Women Life Writing


Title: In the Interval of the Wave: Prince Edward Island Women’s Nineteenth- and Early Twentieth-Century Life Writing
Author: Mary McDonald-Rissanen
Publisher: McGill-Queen’s University Press, Montreal & Kingston, London & Ithaca: 2015
Description: 8vo. 271 pp. Softcover. Signed by the author in ink on the half-title page.

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Taking its title from a poem by Prince Edward Island poet Anne Compton, In the Interval of the Wave is a close study of diaries written by island women in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Women from both rural and urban regions of P.E.I. recorded their lives in a genre that allowed them to play with the conventions of the language they knew.

The author, Mary McDonald-Rissanen was born and raised in Prince Edward Island. She lives in Finland where she teaches English, lectures, and conducts research on language and literature.