Academic journal article British Journal of Canadian Studies

The Future of the Page

Academic journal article British Journal of Canadian Studies

The Future of the Page

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P. Stoicheff and A. Taylor (eds), The Future of the Page (Toronto, Buffalo, London: University of Toronto Press, 2004), vii + 272pp. Paper. $29.95 (£20.00). ISBN 0-8020- 8584-9.

At first sight it might seem strange that this collection of papers should be reviewed in a journal of Canadian studies. Because pages have become so much a part of our daily life, our bread and butter, the basic tools of our trade, we have taken them for granted as an essential unit of reference. The arrival of data in a variety of electronic formats, however, has now called the page into question as a conveyor of information, a carrier of images and data, and a reference tool. This gave rise to the 'Future of the Page Conference' at the University of Saskatchewan at Saskatoon in June 2000, at which the papers in this volume were given.

The first four papers, by Alberto Manguel, John Dagenais, William W.E. Slights and D.R. Carlson, explore the historic pages of the European codex, first manuscript and then printed. The next two papers ('Print Culture and Decolonizing: Indigenising the Page', Part 1 by Marie Battiste and Part 2 by L.M. Findlay) are what really begin to make this a Canadian volume. They explore the application and effects of the principle of the page on the education and creativity of the aboriginal peoples to whom the page is, or was, an alien concept. …

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