Excerpt from Constant Nobody by Michelle Butler Hallett
“It’s as if we began performing this idea of Newfoundland culture just at the time we were no longer living it firsthand”
If I thought for a moment we had achieved true equality in North America, I would question the need for women’s studies, women’s history, women’s writing prizes. If I thought that, I’d be writing about McKay’s novel as a curiosity, one no longer relevant, like so much of the 1800s. Cultural rules don’t change that fast. But they do change.