Isabella Valancy Crawford Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)


Martin, Mary F. “The Short Life of Isabella Valancy Crawford.” Dalhousie Review 52 (1972): 390-400.

Offers a brief overview of Crawford's life.


Burns, Robert Alan. “Crawford and Gounod: Ambiguity and Irony in ‘Malcolm's Katie.’” Canadian Poetry: Studies, Documents, Reviews, no. 15 (fall-winter 1984): 1-30.

Argues that Gounod's opera Mireille was a primary inspiration for “Malcolm's Katie.”

Burns, Robert Alan. “Isabella Valancy Crawford's Poetic Technique.” Studies in Canadian Literature, 10, no. 1-2 (winter 1985): 53-80.

Analyzes the breadth of Crawford's poetic output published in newspapers, arguing that she was a serious poet whose craftsmanship improved over her career.

Livesay, Dorothy. “Tennyson's Daughter or Wilderness Child?: The Factual and Literary Background of Isabella Valancy Crawford.” Journal of Canadian Literature 2, no. 3 (October 1973): 161-67.

Provides an overview of Crawford's life and works, including her literary influences and critical reactions before and after her death.

Relke, Diana M. A. “The Ecological Vision of Isabella Valancy Crawford: A Reading of ‘Malcolm's Katie.’” Ariel: A Review of International English Literature 22, no. 3 (July 1991): 51-71.

Offers feminist analysis of Crawford's “Malcolm's Katie” using its relationship between nature and humankind as a model.

Ross, Catherine Sheldrick. “Isabella Valancy Crawford: Solar Mythologist.” English Studies in Canada 4, no. 1 (spring 1978): 305-16.

Discusses the importance of myths and the tension of symbolic opposites in Crawford's work.

Additional coverage of Crawford's life and career is contained in the following sources published by the Gale Group: Dictionary of Literary Biography, Vol. 92; and Literature Resource Center.