Valerie Korinek

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Valerie Korinek teaches in the History Department of the University of Saskatchewan (Saskatoon). Her area of interests are Canadian cultural, gender and social history.

Korinek, Valerie J. “‘We’re the girls of the pansy parade’: historicizing Winnipeg’s queer subcultures, 1930s-1970.” Histoire Sociale. 45(89) (May 2012): p.117-155.

“This research asks provocative questions about how the nature of place (a major prairie capital city) and space (commercial venues, public parks, and private homes) permitted, constructed, and constrained queer activities. ” — Abstract


Korinek, Valerie. “A Queer-eye view of the prairies: reorienting Western Canadian histories.” In The West and Beyond: New Perspectives on an Imagined Region. / Edited by Alvin Finkel, Sarah Carter, and Peter Fortna. Edmonton: Athabasca University (AU) Press, 2010: p.278-296. FC3206 .W475 2008

Based on papers presented at the conference: The West and Beyond: Historians Past, Present and Future, held at the University of Alberta, 19-21 June, 2008.

Here Valerie mentions her book-in-progress, Prairie Fairies. Of interest are the stories of Norman Dahl, and especially the women Lilja Stefansson and Evelyn Rogers, as well as Maureen Irwin.

Korinek, V.J. “Passion is political: an analysis of Martha Vicinus’s Intimate Friends.” Journal of Women’s History. 20(4) (Winter 2008): p.151-155.

Forum on the book Intimate Friends: Women Who Loved Women, 1778-1928 by Martha Vicinus, published in 2004.

Korinek, V.J. “Book reviews.” Urban History Review. 35(1) (Fall 2006): p.51-52.

Review of Don McLeod’s A Brief History of GAY, Canada’s First Gay Tabloid, 1964-1966. Toronto: Homewood Books, 2003. HQ76.95.C3 M35 2003

Korinek, Valerie. “Activism = public education: the history of public discourses of homosexuality in Saskatchewan 1971-93.” In “I Could Not Speak My Heart”: Education and Social Justice for Gay and Lesbian Youth. / Edited by James McNinch and Mary Cronin. Regina: Canadian Plains Research Center, University of Regina, 2004: p.109-137

See book review by Peg Russell, Briarpatch, August 2005.


Korinek, Valerie. “‘It’s a tough time to be in love’: the darker side of Chatelaine during the Cold War.” In Love, Hate, and Fear in Canada’s Cold War. / Edited by Richard Cavell. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2004: p.159-182. FC95.4 .L69 2004

Korinek, Valerie. “Review.” Labour / Le Travail. 54 (Fall 2004): p.293-295. HD8101 .L22

Review of Jean Barman’s Sojourning Sisters: The Lives and Letters of Jessie and Annie McQueen.


Iacovetta, Franca; Korinek, Valerie J. “Jell-O salads, one-stop shopping, and Maria the homemaker: the gender politics of food.” In Sisters or Strangers? : Immigrant, Ethnic and Racialized Women in Canadian History. / Edited by Marlene Epp, Franca Iacovetta, Frances Swyripa. Toronto : University of Toronto Press, 2003: p.190-230. HQ1453 .S58 2003

Publisher’s Synopsis

Korinek, Valerie. “‘The most openly gay person for at least a thousand miles’: Doug Wilson and the politicization of a province, 1975-1983.” Canadian Historical Review. 84(4) (Dec. 2003): p.517-550. FC1 .C355

Korinek, Valerie. “[Review of] Never Going Back : A History of Queer Activism in Canada.” Canadian Historical Review. 84(4) (Dec. 2003): p.682-684. FC1 .C355

Korinek, Valerie. “[Review of] Sharing the Good Times and Women in Waterloo County.” Canadian Historical Review. 83(1) (Mar. 2002): p.107-110. FC1 .C355

Korinek, Valerie. “[Review of] Only the Lonely: Finding Romance in the Personal Columns of Canada’s Western Home Monthly, 1905-1924.” Canadian Historical Review. 82(4) (Dec. 2001): p.776-778. FC1 .C355


Korinek, Valerie. Roughing It in Suburbs: Reading Chatelaine Magazine in the Fifties and Sixties. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2000. PN4914.W6 K67 2000

Publisher’s Synopsis

See review by Richard Harris in Urban History Review. 31(2) (Spring 2003): 54-55.

See review by Heather Murray in Papers of the Bibliographical Society of Canada. 40(1) (Spring 2002): 76-78.

See review by Lori Chambers in Canadian Historical Review. 83(1) (March 2002): 138-140.

Korinek, Valerie. “Book review.” Canadian Historical Review. 81(3) (September 2000): p.515.

Review of Painting the Maple: Essays on Race, Gender and the Construction of Canada. Edited by Veronica Strong-Boag, Sherrill Grace, Joan Anderson, Avigail Eisenberg. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 1998. FC97 .P351998

Korinek, Valerie. “‘Don’t let your girlfriends ruin your marriage’: lesbian imagery in Chatelaine Magazine, 1950-1969” Journal of Canadian Studies. 33(3) (Fall 1998): p.83-109.

Korinek, Valerie. “You’ve come a long way baby? Chatelaine helped feminist movement.” The Bulletin (University of Toronto). Feb. 19, 1996

On Korinek’s PhD work, spent over three years pouring over 240 issues of Chatelaine.

Korinek, Valerie. “‘Mrs. Chatelaine’ vs. ‘Mrs. Slob’: contestants, correspondents, and the Chatelaine community in action, 1961-1969,” Journal of the Canadian Historical Association, New series #7, 1996: 251-275. FC1 .J72

Korinek, Valerie. “No women need apply: the ordination of women in the United Church, 1918-1965.” Canadian Historical Review. 74 (4) (December 1993): p.473-509. FC1 .C355


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