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Ana Historic is the story of Mrs. Richards, a woman of no history, who appears briefly in 1873 in the civic archives of Vancouver. It is also the story of Annie, a contemporary, who becomes obsessed with the possibilities of Mrs. Richards's life. Ana Historic was Daphne Marlatt's first novel, and was originally published by Coach House Press in Canada and The Women's Press ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published January 1st 1997 by House of Anansi Press (first published 1988)
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For a viscerally experimental and gorgeously postmodern glimpse at queer Canadian women’s herstory, there is no better place to look than Daphne Marlatt’s 1988 novel Ana Historic. I say postmodern and experimental because the novel undoubtedly is, but this is not so much a warning as an invitation to watch Marlatt deftly and beautifully use words to carve out a space for queer women not only in Canadian history, but also in contemporary Canadian society. This carving needs to take the form of Ma ...more
I wrote my thesis on this novel. It's a complicated book, built in layers and emminently re-readable. Truth and fiction and history and imagination intersect and take a real woman off the rails of history and into a lie more truthful than anything written about her in the history books. That a real person would turn, mid-narrative and stray into fiction shows history for "an assemblage of facts in a tangle of hair"...
Derek Newman-Stille
Ana Historic is a beautiful text of the recovery of women's voices and Marlatt is able to play with language and punctuation to create a text that brings attention to narration as an act itself and the power of narration to either be responsible for erasure or to give voice to people who man not normally be given voice to.

Marlatt reminds the reader that history is a narrative process and one that is subjective and constructed through current social biases. What gets remembered is an inherently
Marlatt interweaves an exploration of Mrs Richardson, schooltacher, whose name appears briefly in the early history of Vancouver with the story of Ana who is on a journey of her own as a writer, as her mother's daughter and wife of an academic - lovely, lyrical and formally very inventive!
Read this for WS 349: Film, Literature and Culture Production: Re-Imagining History through Contemporary Women's Writing with Christine St. Peter.
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"Nationality: Canadian (originally Maylasian, immigrated to Canada in 1951). Born: Daphne Shirley Buckle, Melbourne, Australia, 1942.

Education: University of British Columbia, Vancouver, 1960-64, B.A.; University of Indiana, Bloomington, 1964-67, M.A. 1968. Career: Has taught at University of British Columbia, University of Victoria, University of Saskatchewan, University of Western Ontario, Simo
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