Mon, 22 Apr 2019 14:00:00 AST
Kaarina and Kevin talk about Jean "Jim" Watts, who worked as a journalist, broadcaster, driver, and censor in Spain during the Spanish Civil War.
On Jean Watts:
- Nancy Butler’s 2010 dissertation: Mother Russia and the Socialist Fatherland: Woman and the Communist Party of Canada, 1932-1941.
- Larry Hannant's article: “‘My God, are they sending women?’: Three Canadian Women in the Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939.” Journal of Canadian Historical Association 15.1 (2004).153-176.
Dorothy Livesay’s memoirs:
- Journey with my Selves: A Memoir, 1909-1963. Douglas & McIntyre, 1991.
- Right Hand Left Hand: A True Life of the Thirties. Press Porcépic, 1977.
- Emily Murphy’s 5-part case study on Jean Watts and journalism in the Spanish Civil War
We cited a conference paper Bart Vautour gave at Discourse & Dynamics: Canadian Women as Public Intellectuals, at Mount Allison University in October 2014: “Jim Watts and the Gendered Politics of Cultural Production in 1930s Canada.”
We read from these articles by Jean Watts:
- “Spain is Different.” New Frontier 2.2 (June 1937): 12-14.
- Writing for the Committee to Aid Spanish Refugees, Information Bulletin, No. 1, 25 May 1939
- Article in Briarpatch about Spanish Refugees: “Canadian Radicals and the Spanish Republic” by Steven Henry Martin
Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan Series:
- My Brilliant Friend
- The Story of a New Name
- Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay
- The Story of the Lost Child
Martha Acklesberg’s 2004 book Free Women of Spain: Anarchism and the Struggle for the Emancipation of Women.
Written and Produced by Kevin Levangie and Kaarina Mikalson; Supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council; Theme Music: "Libertad" by Iriarte and Pesoa