Sara Jeannette Duncan (1861-1922) was a Canadian author whose writing focuses on her travels throughout the British Empire, engaging with identity, class, gender, and imperialism.
During Sara Jeannette Duncan's career, she produced 22 works of fiction and numerous articles. She was a particularly powerful figure for women of her time period; among her many achievements, she was one of the first women to work as a parliamentary reporter, one of the first to work in a newspaper office, and one of the first to have a regular daily column in a Canadian newspaper. Furthermore, she travelled extensively as an unmarried woman, which was unusual for the time.
Our project, which was created during the 2016 Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI), explores three aspects in particular regarding Duncan's life and/or writing. We offer:
- An annotated transcription of "To See the Taj Mahal," focusing on themes and issues of racial-imperialism in the article.
- A versioning comparison of North American-published Hilda: A Story of Calcutta (1898) and its UK edition Path of a Star (1899) with analysis focusing on gender, imperialism, and racism.
- A timeline and map of Sara Jeannette Duncan's residences showing the various places she lived and worked in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, and India.
Contributing members: Malaea Ergina, Ashley Morford, Robyn Pritzker, Alyssa Wynans (To See the Taj Mahal); Elias Adanu, Susana Aho, Nese Devenot, Heather Smyth (Versioning); Susanne Beiweis, Brian Cameron, Inba Kehoe, Ann Komaromi, Deanna Reder (Timeline and Map of Residences); with special thanks to Susan Brown, Michael Brundin, Karyn Hueneman and Mihaela Ilovan