2.9 Jean Watts

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.

Show Notes: 

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: 


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