Nothing to Write Home About
British Family Correspondence and the Setter Colonial Everyday in British Columbia
- PUBLISHED: November 2019
- SUBJECT LISTING: History / Canadian History, Native American and Indigenous Studies
- BIBLIOGRAPHIC INFORMATION: 372 Pages, 6 x 9 in
- ISBN: 9780774838443
Nothing to Write Home About uncovers the significance of British family correspondence sent between the United Kingdom and British Columbia between 1858 and 1914. Drawing on thousands of letters, Laura Ishiguro offers insights into epistolary topics including familial intimacy and conflict, everyday concerns such as boredom and food, and what correspondents chose not to write about. She shows that Britons used the post to navigate family separations and understand British Columbia as an uncontested settler home. These letters and their writers thus played a critical role in laying the foundations of a powerful settler order that continues to structure the province today.
Authors & Contributors
Laura Ishiguro is assistant professor in the Department of History at the University of British Columbia.