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Seiler, Tamara Palmer 1946-

Seiler, Tamara Palmer 1946-

PERSONAL:

Surname is pronounced "sy-ler"; born January 5, 1946, in Yerington, NV; daughter of Wayne O. (a lawyer) and Maude (a teacher, secretary, and homemaker) Jeppson; married Howard D. Palmer, 1969 (deceased); married Robert M. Seiler (a professor), 1992; children: (first marriage) Tanya L., Mark J. Ethnicity: "Swedish/English." Education: Cottey College, A.A., 1965; Brigham Young University, graduated (with honors), 1968; York University, M.A., 1972; University of Alberta, Ph.D., 1998. Politics: "(Moderate) Liberal/Democrat." Religion: "Lapsed Mormon/Lapsed Unitarian."

ADDRESSES:

Office—Faculty of Communication and Culture, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta T2N 1N4, Canada. E-mail—[email protected]

CAREER:

University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, member of faculty of communication and culture.

WRITINGS:

(With Howard Palmer) Peoples of Alberta: Portraits of Cultural Diversity, Western Producer Prairie Books (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada), 1985.

(With Howard Palmer) Alberta: A New History, Hurtig (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada), 1990.

(Editor, with George Melnyk) The Wild Rose Anthology of Alberta Prose, University of Alberta Press (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada), 2003.

Contributor to books. Contributor to scholarly journals.

SIDELIGHTS:

Tamara Palmer Seiler told CA: "As a university professor, I write primarily to inform readers about the topics I research. Although I originally hoped to be a creative writer of fiction and poetry, most of my work is scholarly rather than fictional or popular. I am particularly interested in the cultural histories of both the United States and Canada. Having lived in both of these countries, I am naturally drawn to comparing them. After immigrating to Canada in the late 1960s, I became interested in learning as much as I could about my new home and about the immigrant experience. Over the years, I have studied, written, and taught about these subjects. Since my degrees are in American and Canadian literature, I have been especially interested in studying how minority writers in Canada have represented immigrant and ethnic experiences in literature. I have also been particularly interested in the history of the West—both American and Canadian."

BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES:

ONLINE

University of Calgary Web site: Tamara Palmer Seiler Home Page,http://www.ucalgary.ca/~tseiler (April 18, 2006).

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