Borealis Press logo
Borealis Press Home | Index by Author | Index by Title | Search | View Cart

Colonial Era

Confederation Era

Modern Era



Young Adult


General Works



Criticism and Biography/Autobiography

Canadian Critical Editions

Journal of Canadian Poetry


Heritage Books of Canada

How Parliament Works

Canadian Parliamentary Handbook


Short Stories


Canadian Writers


Early Canadian Woman Writers

Canadian Native Subjects



Abuse of Power

Aussie Six

Canadian Critical Edition

Early Canadian Women Writers Series

Greenhouse Kids

Hockey Family

Journal of Canadian Poetry

Mighty Orion

New Canadian Drama

Other Side

Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry

Quickbeam Chronicles


Silly Sally

Tales of the Shining Mountains

The Stry-Ker Family Saga


A Place of Bare Necessity:
Short Fiction and Plays Around the New Woman

Written by
Jessie Georgina Sime
Edited by
Kathryn Jane Watt

Cover of A Place of Bare Necessity
Click image for larger view of cover.

326 pages, Paperback
ISBN: 9781896133683
$19.95 CA

326 pages, Hardcover
ISBN: 9781896133706
$39.95 CA

This book is in stock and ships within 48 hours of receipt of order.

About the Book In the last decade, scholars have come to see Georgina Sime (1868-1958) as an exciting and important early twentieth-century Canadian writer. A Place of Bare Necessity, a collection of Sime´s short fiction and dramatic work, adds to the richness and variety of extant Canadian writing of the early twentieth century and is of interest to scholars of women, of modernism, and of Canadian Literature alike.

Sime´s work in A Place of Bare Necessity articulates the complexities of the era of the New Woman: sexual harassment in the workplace, the manifold implications of the "Woman Question," the many forms of loyalty and love, the cost of abortion, the price of connection, the meaning of nation, and the loss of home in wartime. While its form introduces questions about morality and genre and their relationship to the edifice called Canadian Literature, its content makes it difficult to ignore pressing social questions about women in urban Canadian society, about the nuances of their lives and their economies, and about power and agency in turn-of-the-century Canada. Written in an era of Canadian boosterism and amid critical yearnings for a wholesome kind of nationalism in published work, Sime´s fiction sketches a picture of Canada as "a place of bare necessity," a stern and unyielding place in which its citizens are uneasily and inequitably entering the modern world.

Of special interest, too, is Sime´s dramatic work in which she ponders the boundaries between the new public world of paid office work for women and the private world of intimacy. A Place of Bare Necessity presents a broader range of Georgina Sime´s work and talent than has been easily available to date. Her writing is edgy, boldly about the physical side of love, about unsentimentalized love, and about the shifting poles of personal and public relationships in "modern" Canada and in a new world of technology that seemed to herald limitless possibility for women.

back cover of Place of Bare Necessity, a
Click image for larger view of backcover.

About the Authors Jessie Georgina Sime
Jessie Georgina Sime (1868-1958), Canadian author, has written "The Mistress Of All Work" (1916), "Canada Chaps" (1917), "Sister Woman" (1919), "Our Little Life" (1921), "Thomas Hardy Of The Wessex Novels" (1928), "In A Canadian Shack" (1937), "The Land Of Dreams" (1940), and "Orpheus In Quebec" (1942).

Kathryn Jane Watt
Historian and writer K.J. Watt received her PhD from the University of Alberta in 1997. She lives and works in Fort Langley, B.C. She was recently awarded the Lieutenant Governor´s Medal for Historical Writing from the British Columbia Historical Federation for her book, High Water: Living With the Fraser Floods. Kathryn Jane Watt wrote the introduction to "Our little life" by J.G. Sime pubished by Tecumseh Press 1994.

Also by the Authors Jessie Georgina Sime
Sister Woman (2004)
Our Little Life (1994)

top home