British Journal of Canadian Studies

Provides articles on Canadian studies topics.

Articles from Vol. 17, No. 1, May

Aboriginal Peoples of Canada: A Short Introduction
Paul R. Magosci (ed.), Aboriginal Peoples of Canada: A Short Introduction (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2002), viii + 308pp. Cloth. £40. ISBN 0-8020-3630-9. Paper. £15. ISBN 0-8020-8469-9.Published previously in a slightly different version...
A Canadian Modernism: The Pre-Group of Seven 'Algonquin School', 1912-17
TOM THOMSON AND FUTURE GROUP OF SEVEN ARTISTS J.E.H. MacDonald, Lauren Harris, A.Y. Jackson, Arthur Lismer and F.H. Varley journeyed to the Ontario Northland 'to paint unequipped with the mental paraphernalia of academies and without any sense of the...
An Apostle of the North: Memoirs of the Right Reverend William Carter Bompas
H.A. Cody, An Apostle of the North: Memoirs of the Right Reverend William Carter Bompas, introduced by William R. Morrison and Kenneth S. Coates, Western Canada Reprint Series (Edmonton: University of Alberta Press, 2002), lxxxv + 391pp. $29.95. ISBN...
Anglo-Canadian Defence Ties and the Changing Nature of Canadian Military Identity
This article examines the changing nature of Canadian military identity in the light of Canada's defence ties with the United Kingdom. It notes that since World War Two the increasingly North American focus of Canadian defence policy has had a definite...
Bloody Jack
Dennis Cooley, Bloody Jack, rev. edn (Edmonton: The University of Alberta Press, 2002), xiii + 280pp. Paper. $19.95. ISBN 0-8886-4391-8.'You are about to read a book like no other', the flap-cover of Dennis Cooley's Bloody Jack promises. Trained to be...
Canada's Emerging Role in Building 'Fortress America': Implications for Sovereignty
In the first decade of the twenty-first century Canada's friendship with the United States will be severely tested. Canada's refusal to take an active, visible role in the US-led invasion of Iraq, and conflicts between President George Bush and Prime...
Canadian State Trials: II, Rebellion and Invasion in the Canadas, 1837-1839
F. Murray Greenwood and Barry Wright (eds), Canadian State Trials: II, Rebellion and Invasion in the Canadas, 1837-1839 (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, for the Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History, 2002), xix + 499 pp. Cloth. £48. ISBN 0-8020-3748-8.Was...
Carol Shields, Narrative Hunger, and the Possibilities of Fiction
Edward Eden and Dee Goertz (eds), Carol Shields, Narrative Hunger, and the Possibilities of Fiction (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2003), x + 323pp. Cloth. £40. ISBN 0-8020-3660-0. Paper. £18. ISBN 0-8020-8489-3.This excellent collection is a...
Carol Shields's Magic Wand: Turning the Ordinary into the Extraordinary
Adriana Trozzi, Carol Shields's Magic Wand: Turning the Ordinary into the Extraordinary (Rome: Bulzoni Editore, 2001), 401pp. Paper. 20.66 Euros. ISBN 8-8831-9591-4.What first took me by surprise in Adriana Trozzi's book of secondary criticism is that...
Carol Shields: The Arts of a Writing Life
Neil K. Besner (ed.), Carol Shields: The Arts of a Writing Life (Winnipeg: Prairie Fire Press, 2003), 270pp. Paper. $18.95. ISBN 0-9731-6080-2.This collection, published in the spring of 2003, proves a fitting tribute to the Canadian writer who died...
Challenging Canada's Nuclear Commitments: An Analysis of Defence Discourse
FOR INDIVIDUALS INTERESTED in the historical development of Canadian defence policy, the 1987 White Paper on Defence, Challenge and Commitment: A Defence Policy for Canada, continues to generate a remarkable amount of discussion. For many commentators,...
Collected Works of George Grant
Arthur Davis (ed.), Collected Works of George Grant, vol. 2: 1951-1959 (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2002), xxxvi + 564pp. Cloth. £80. ISBN 0-8020- 0763-5.George Grant, although very unfashionable in his world view, is not now ignored: indeed,...
Colonial Justice: Justice, Morality, and Crime in the Niagara District, 1791-1849
David Murray, Colonial Justice: Justice, Morality, and Crime in the Niagara District, 1791-1849 (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, for the Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History, 2002), xii + 285pp. Cloth. £35. 0-8020- 3749-6.This useful book...
Cultural Policy and Cultural Production: Maclean's Magazine and Foreign News
Much Canadian cultural policy has been predicated on the assumption that if market forces were to be allowed to prevail, then it would be very difficult for indigenous material to survive. So a range of measures has been implemented over the last seventy...
Doubt's Boots: Even Doubt's Shadow
Charles Noble, Doubt's Boots: Even Doubt's Shadow (Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 2003), 174pp. Paper. $19.95. ISBN 1-5523-8100-5.So, in boots/shadow, 'we are walking across a zone whose ground is not solid', whose 'foundations . . . have evaporated'...
Elle
Douglas Glover, Elle (Fredericton, NB: Goose Lane Editions, 2003), 205pp. Paper. $21.95. ISBN 0-8649-2315-5.Elle is thoroughly readable yet you hear the sound of narrative rules breaking in the distance like waves on the banks of the St Lawrence. Elle,...
Five-Part Invention: A History of Literary History in Canada
E.D. Blodgett, Five-Part Invention: A History of Literary History in Canada (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2003), 371pp. Cloth. £42. ISBN 0- 8020-4801-3.A comprehensive history of Canadian literary history has not, as far as I know, been attempted...
Giving Birth in Canada 1900-1950
Wendy Mitchinson, Giving Birth in Canada 1900-1950 (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2002), xvii + 430pp. Cloth. £42. ISBN 0-8020-3631-7. Paper. £20. ISBN 0-8020-8471-0.Wendy Mitchinson, one of Canada's leading historians, did not intend to write...
Grandchild of Empire: About Irony, Mainly in the Commonwealth
W.H. New, Grandchild of Empire: About Irony, Mainly in the Commonwealth (Vancouver: Ronsdale Press, 2003), 92pp. Paper. $9.95. ISBN 1-5538-0001- X.W.H. New's Grandchild of Empire may be a slim volume, but it holds a wealth of insight into the politics...
Ground Works: Avant-Garde for Thee
Christian Bök (ed.), Ground Works: Avant-Garde for Thee, introduced by Margaret Atwood (Toronto: Anansi, 2002), xv + 236pp. Paper: $22.95. ISBN 0-8878-4691-2.Ground Works is a stimulating anthology of Canadian experimental prose writing from the 1960s...
Guilt and Innocence in the Community and the Self: An Examination of Mutual Responsibility in Margaret Atwood's Surfacing
This article examines the theme of guilt and innocence in Margaret Atwood's 1972 novel, Surfacing, and pays particular attention to how these themes interact in the text with feminism, nationalism and environmentalism. I suggest that the ideas that Atwood...
Heroines and History: Representations of Madeleine De Verchères and Laura Secord
Colin M. Coates and Cecilia Morgan, Heroines and History: Representations of Madeleine de Verchères and Laura Secord (Toronto: University of Toronto Press 2002), xii + 368pp. Cloth. £55. ISBN 0-8020-4784-X. Paper. £18. ISBN 0-8020-8330-7.It has been...
'I Am a Gleaner': Catharine Parr Traill and Forest Gleanings
"I am a gleaner," replied the Doctor, "and in my path through life I have gathered up things both new and old. Among the chaff, no doubt, may be found a few grains worthy of being hoarded up."The collection of tales and sketches that Catharine Parr Traill...
Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Western Canada: From Family Businesses to Multinationals
James J. Chrisman, J. Adam, D. Holbrook and Jess H. Chua (eds), Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Western Canada: From Family Businesses to Multinationals (Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 2002), 366pp. Cloth. $49.95. ISBN 1-5523-8075-0.The theme...
In Order to Live Untroubled: Inuit of the Central Arctic, 1550-1940/nunavik: Inuit-Controlled Education in Arctic Quebec
Renée Fossett, In Order to Live Untroubled: Inuit of the Central Arctic, 1550- 1940 (Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 2001), xxii + 336pp. Cloth. $55. ISBN 0-8873-5171-8. Paper. $24.95. ISBN 0-8875-5647-7.Ann Vick-Westgate, Nunavik: Inuit-Controlled...
In the News: The Practice of Media Relations in Canada/Workshop Management: Method to Magic
William Wray Carney, In The News: The Practice of Media Relations in Canada (Edmonton: University of Alberta Press, 2002), 225pp. Paper. $24.95. ISBN 0-8886-4382-9.Dorothy Strachan and Marian Pitters, Workshop Management: Method to Magic (Ottawa: ST...
La Voyageuse et la Prisonnière: Gabrielle Roy et la Question Des Femmes
Lori Saint-Martin, La Voyageuse et la Prisonnière: Gabrielle Roy et la Question des Femmes (Montréal: Les Éditions du Boréal, 2002), 391pp. Paper. $29.95. ISBN 2-7646-0168-9.Lori Saint-Martin is an accomplished essayist, fictional writer and translator...
Les Cultures Du Monde Au Miroir De l'Amérique Française
Monique Moser-Verrey (ed.), Les Cultures du Monde au Miroir de l'Amérique Française (Québec: Les Presses de l'Université Laval, 2002), 234pp. $28. ISBN 2-7637-7879-8.The traditional view that French Canada - Quebec in particular - was for a long period...
Mothers of Invention: Feminist Authors and Experimental Fiction in France and Quebec
Miléna Santoro, Mothers of Invention: Feminist Authors and Experimental Fiction in France and Quebec (Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2002), xii + 348pp. Paper. $24.95. ISBN 0-7735-2487-8.In a departure from the more traditional...
No Foreign Bones in China: Memoirs of Imperialism and Its Ending
Peter Stursberg, No Foreign Bones in China: Memoirs of Imperialism and Its Ending (Edmonton: University of Alberta Press, 2002), xx + 216pp. Paper. $24.95. ISBN 0-8886-4387-X.Most Canadians have deep family roots in distant lands. For Peter Stursberg,...
Oryx and Crake
Margaret Atwood, Oryx and Crake (London: Bloomsbury, 2003), 381pp. Cloth. £16.99. ISBN 0-7475-6259-8.Oryx and Crake, a compelling dystopian novel, immediately invites comparison with The Handmaid's Tale (1985), which remains the outstanding success of...
Overnight Sensation
Colleen Curran, Overnight Sensation (Fredericton, NB: Goose Lane Editions, 2000), 271pp. Paper. $19.95. ISBN: 0-8649-2292-2.Overnight Sensation is playwright and novelist Colleen Curran's second book, a sequel to Something Drastic. Set in Montreal, it...
Preserving the Sacred: Historical Perspectives on the Ojibwa Midewiwin
Michael Angel, Preserving the Sacred: Historical Perspectives on the Ojibwa Midewiwin, Manitoba Studies in Native History 13 (Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 2002), xiv + 274pp. Cloth. £55. ISBN 0-8875-5173-4. Paper. $24.95. ISBN 0-8875-5657-4.The...
Public Policy and the Success and Failure of New Technology:the Case of Tree Harvesting Systems on the Miramichi in New Brunswick, Canada
CONSTITUTING A GENUINE INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION in the woods, the technologies and work processes of woods work in Eastern North America underwent a dramatic (and largely unstudied) transformation in the period between 1960 and the late 1980s. Motivating...
Race, Space and the Law: Unmapping a White, Settler Society
Sherene H. Razack (ed.), Race, Space and the Law: Unmapping a White, Settler Society (Toronto: Between the Lines, 2002), 310 pp. Paper. £10. ISBN 1- 8963-5759-8.The multiple contributors to Race, Space and the Law: Unmapping a White Settler Society engage...
Selling Diversity: Immigration, Multiculturalism, Employment Equity, and Globalization/The House of Difference: Cultural Politics and National Identity in Canada
Yasmeen Abu-Laban and Christina Gabriel, Selling Diversity: Immigration, Multiculturalism, Employment Equity, and Globalization (Peterborough: Broadview Press, 2002), 202pp. Paper. £12.99. ISBN 1-5511-1398-8.Eva Mackey, The House of Difference: Cultural...
Shakespeare in Canada: A World Elsewhere?
Diana Brydon and Irena R. Makaryk (eds), Shakespeare in Canada: A World Elsewhere? (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2002), 490pp. £42. ISBN: 0-8020-3655-4.As a Shakespearean scholar, I often imagine that there are few avenues within Shakespeare...
Shaping Nations: Constitutionalism and Society in Australia and Canada
Linda Cardinal and David Headon (eds), Shaping Nations: Constitutionalism and Society in Australia and Canada (Ottawa: University of Ottawa Press, 2002), xvi + 330pp. Cloth. $29.95. ISBN 0-7766-0533-X.This is an intriguing volume of essays that brings...
Shaping the Upper Canadian Frontier: Environment, Society and Culture in the Trent Valley
Neil S. Forkey, Shaping the Upper Canadian Frontier: Environment, Society and Culture in the Trent Valley (Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 2003), xv + 164pp. Cloth. $34.95. ISBN 1-5523-8049-1.This is a study somewhat difficult to assess, and it...
Sir John Eh? Macdonald: Recovering a Voice from History
HISTORIANS TALK A GOOD DEAL about listening to voices from the past. By this, we mean that we read what the past had to say through contemporary documents. Unfortunately, in one important respect, until the late nineteenth century we have been cut off...
Talon
Paulette Dubé, Talon (Edmonton: NeWest Press, 2002), 218pp. Paper. $18.95. ISBN 1-8963-0047-2.Talon presents the unravelling of family mysteries in the interweaving of its characters' memories, dreams and waking experience. The consciousness of the book...
The Arbutus/Madrone Files: Reading the Pacific Northwest
Laurie Ricou, The Arbutus/Madrone Files: Reading the Pacific Northwest (Edmonton: NeWest Press, 2002), 240pp. Cloth. $24.95. ISBN 1-8963-0043-X.'To collect some Northwest files is to acknowledge that the region is a set of shifting dependencies, partnerships,...
The Canadian Department of Justice, and the Completion of Confederation 1867-78
Jonathan Swainger, The Canadian Department of Justice, and the Completion of Confederation 1867-78 (Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 2000), viii + 167pp. Cloth. £48.95. ISBN 0-7748-0792-X.Jonathan Swainger has written an important book...
The Coasts of Canada: A History
Lesley Choyce, The Coasts of Canada: A History (Fredericton: Goose Lane Editions, 2002), 308pp. Cloth. $37.95. ISBN 0-8649-2360-0.The idea behind this book is simple and appealing. It is to recount the history of Canada by looking at its three [sic]...
The Lawmakers: Judicial Power and the Shaping of Canadian Federalism
John T. Saywell, The Lawmakers: Judicial Power and the Shaping of Canadian Federalism (Toronto: University of Toronto Press for the Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History, 2002), xx + 453 pp. Cloth. £40. ISBN 0-8020-3751-8.The Canadian constitution...
The Wheel Keeper
Robert Pepper-Smith, The Wheel Keeper (Edmonton: NeWest Press, 2003), 118pp. Paper. $14.95 CDN, $9.95 US. ISBN 1-8963-0049-9.There is much to admire in Robert Pepper-Smith's debut novel. Rendered in a poetic prose, it offers a sensitive and elegiac depiction...
Uncle Sam and Us: Globalisation, Neoconservatism, and the Canadian State
Stephen Clarkson, Uncle Sam and Us: Globalisation, Neoconservatism, and the Canadian State (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2002), viii + 535pp. Cloth. £48. ISBN 0-8020-3758-5. Paper. £22.50. ISBN 0-8020-8539-3.In 1993 Martin Lawrence published...
Wolf Mountains: A History of Wolves along the Great Divide
Karen R. Jones, Wolf Mountains: A History of Wolves along the Great Divide (Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 2002), 336pp. Cloth. $49.95. ISBN 1- 5523-8072-6.The interactions between physical environment, humans and wildlife have formed major themes...
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