British Journal of Canadian Studies

Provides articles on Canadian studies topics.

Articles from Vol. 20, No. 2, September

Actes Du Trente-Septième Congrès Des Algonquinistes
H.C. Wolfart (ed.), Actes du Trente-Septième Congrès des Algonquinistes (Winnipeg: University of Manitoba, 2006), xv + 496pp. Paper. $48. ISSN 0831-5671.Algonquian Studies continue to flourish, especially in Canada. Of the more than ninety papers read...
After Green Gables: L.M. Montgomery's Letters to Ephraim Weber, 1916-1941
Hildi Froese Tiessen and Paul Gerard Tiessen, After Green Gables: L.M. Montgomery's Letters to Ephraim Weber, 1916-1941 (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2005), 320pp. Cased. £40. ISBN 0-8020-3607-4. Paper. £22.50. ISBN 0-8020-8459-1.Clichés often...
A Sharp Intake of Breath
John Miller, A Sharp Intake of Breath (Toronto: Simon and Pierre Fiction, Dundurn Group, 2007), 250pp. Cased. $21.99. ISBN 1-5500-2607-0.A sharp intake of breath, according to Herman 'Toshy' Wolfman, is the moment when you pause and acknowledge that...
Canada and the End of Empire/With Good Intentions: Euro-Canadian and Aboriginal Relations in Colonial Canada
HistoryPhillip Buckner (ed.), Canada and the End of Empire (Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 2005), vi + 328pp. Cased. $85. ISBN 9780-7748-0915-3. Paper. $32.95. ISBN 9780-7748-0916-0.Celia Haig-Brown and David A. Nock (eds), With Good...
Comparing British and Canadian Perspectives on International Law
After signposting some of the developments towards a self-confident and self-consciously Canadian voice in international law, this article asks what the Canadian perspective on international law actually is. It suggests, through a comparison with the...
Cross Culture and Faith: The Life and Work of James Mellon Menzies
Linfu Dong, Cross Culture and Faith: The Life and Work of James Mellon Menzies (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2005), 370pp. Cased. £42. ISBN 0-8020-3869-7.This is the tale of a life (1885-1957) that spanned the globe through periods of upheaval...
Federalism
Politics and Social SciencesJennifer Smith, Federalism (Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 2004), xi + 193pp. Cased. $75. ISBN 9780-7748-1060-9. Paper. $23.95. 9780-7748-1061-6.The Canadian Democratic Audit is an ambitious attempt to appraise...
In Translation: The Gabrielle Roy-Joyce Marshall Correspondence
Jane Everett (ed.), In Translation: The Gabrielle Roy-Joyce Marshall Correspondence (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2004), 300pp. Cased. £32. ISBN 0-8020-3908-1.From a distance, Gabrielle Roy and Joyce Marshall seem unlikely, chalk-and-cheese...
Invaders from the North: How Canada Conquered the Comic Book Universe
John Bell, Invaders From the North: How Canada Conquered the Comic Book Universe (Toronto: Dundurn Press, 2006), 190pp. Cased. $40. ISBN 9781-5500-2659-7.Superman might have been the creation of a Canadian but the USA has been the main creative and commercial...
Inventing Sam Slick: A Biography of Thomas Chandler Haliburton
Richard A. Davies, Inventing Sam Slick: A Biography of Thomas Chandler Haliburton (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2005), 340 pp. Cased. £40. ISBN 0-8020- 5001-8.For many Canadians, Sam Slick - if known at all - is a character as musty as an old...
Majesty in Canada: Essays on the Role of Royalty
Colin Coates (ed.), Majesty in Canada: Essays on the Role of Royalty (Toronto: Dundurn Press, 2005), 270pp. Paper. £17.00. ISBN 9781-5500-2586-6.The Queen's head might still grace Canadian banknotes and coins, but there are ever fewer reminders that...
Maps of Experience: The Anchoring of Land to Story in Secwepemc Discourse
Andie Diane Palmer, Maps of Experience: The Anchoring of Land to Story in Secwepemc Discourse (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2005), xxiii + 250pp. Cased. £32. ISBN 0-8020-3559-0. Paper. £15. ISBN 0-8020-8435-4.Andie Diane Palmer's book guides...
Private Demons: The Tragic Personal Life of John A. Macdonald
Patricia Phenix, Private Demons: The Tragic Personal Life of John A. Macdonald (Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 2006), xi + 328pp. Cased. $34. ISBN 0-7710-7044-6.I must declare an interest. Like Patricia Phenix, I am working on the life of John A. Macdonald....
Red Travellers: Jeanne Corbin and Her Comrades
Andrée Lévesque, Red Travellers: Jeanne Corbin and her Comrades, trans. Yvonne M. Klein (Montreal & Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2006), xiv + 233pp. Cased. £21.99. ISBN 0-7735-3125-4.This fascinating and highly readable book gives genuine...
Ruling Canada: Corporate Cohesion and Democracy
Jamie Brownlee, Ruling Canada: Corporate Cohesion and Democracy (Halifax: Fernwood Publishing, 2005), 140pp. Paper. $16.95. ISBN 1-5526-6156-3.This book examines the economic élite of Canada, the nation's richest and most powerful individuals, many of...
Secession and Constitutional Principles: Working with the Supreme Court's Statement of Principles
In the 1990s the Canadian Supreme Court was presented with the daunting challenge of assessing the legality of unilateral secession. It produced a ruling with the well-known conclusion that in the event of a clear expression of democratic will to secede,...
Speaking in the Past Tense: Canadian Novelists on Writing Historical Fiction
Herb Wyile, Speaking in the Past Tense: Canadian Novelists on Writing Historical Fiction (Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2006), viii + 327pp. Paper. £14.50. ISBN 0-8892-0511-6.This book consists of an introduction by Herb Wyile and interviews...
Sternwheelers and Canyon Cats: Whitewater Freighting on the Upper Fraser
Jack Boudreau, Sternwheelers and Canyon Cats: Whitewater Freighting on the Upper Fraser (Madeira Park: Harbour Publishing (Caitlin), 2006), 256pp. Paper. $18.95. ISBN 1-8947-5920-6.The author specialises in local histories set in the upper reaches of...
The British Pavilion at Expo '67: Art, Architecture and National Identity
The British architect Sir Basil Spence designed the British pavilion at Expo '67 in a style which controversially combined elements of national identity with the innovative use of steel-framing and asbestos sheeting. The design departed from orthodoxy...
The Canadian Modernists Meet
Literature, Criticism and the ArtsDean Irvine (ed.), The Canadian Modernists Meet (Ottawa: University of Ottawa Press, 2005), xv + 363pp. Paper. $35. ISBN 0-7766-0599-2.This collection delivers what Dean Irvine's introduction promises: 'a major reassessment...
The Limits of Ecological Modernisation in Canada's Atlantic Provinces
This article examines the institutional framework and main policies for the promotion of sustainable development by the Canadian Atlantic provinces of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. It then discusses how strategies and policy prescriptions recommended...
The October Crisis, 1970: An Insider's View
William Tetley, The October Crisis, 1970: An Insider's View (Kingston & Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2006), xxxviii + 274pp. Cased. £25. ISBN 9780- 7735-3118-5.At first glance, The October Crisis, written by a former Quebec cabinet...
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