I am grateful, first of all, to the editors of this series, particularly Professor Martin Halliwell, for much wise advice, and also to Jackie Jones at Edinburgh University Press, for assistance and encouragement. James Dale managed the publication process with great professionalism.
I am also very grateful to Professor Coral Ann Howells for her wonderful support and advice in relation to this particular project, and also during the course of my earlier research in the field. For invaluable comments on draft sections, I would like to thank Dr Susan Billingham, Professor Michael Burgess, Dr Louise Harrington, Professor Jonathan Percy, Dr Verena Klein, Meichuen Wang, and especially Emma Smith and Professor Ged Martin. For suggestions about material to include, I would like to thank the two anonymous readers of my book proposal, as well as Dr Laura Moss. This book contains several ideas originally suggested to me when I was a student, by Dr Chris Gittings and Dr Danielle Fuller, and I appreciate our ongoing conversations.
None of the sections in this book is reprinted from another source, although certain short passages are adapted from my earlier publications. Two paragraphs on each of The Journals of Susanna Moodie and Wilderness Tips are adapted from Literary Culture and Female Authorship in Canada, 1/60–2000 (Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi, 2003). Two paragraphs on Wild Geese are taken from 'The Sensations of the 1920s: Martha Ostenso's Wild Geese and