British Journal of Canadian Studies

Provides articles on Canadian studies topics.

Articles from Vol. 16, No. 2, September

16 Categories of Desire
Douglas Glover, 16 Categories of Desire (Fredericton, NB: Goose Lane, 2000), 192pp. Paper. $18.95. 0-8649-2314-7.Glover's fourth short story collection is both fascinating and satisfying. Desire is shown in a passionate and vivid fashion, demonstrating...
An Inside Look at External Affairs during the Trudeau Years: The Memoirs of Mark MacGuigan
P. Whitney Lackenbauer (ed.), An Inside Look at External Affairs during the Trudeau Years: The Memoirs of Mark MacGuigan, foreword by Paul C. Martin (Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 2002), xxvi + 208pp, illus. Cloth. $34.95. ISBN 1-5523-8076-9.Mark...
A Northern Romanticism: Poets of the Confederation
Tracy Ware (ed.), A Northern Romanticism: Poets of the Confederation. Canadian Critical Edition (Ottawa: Tecumseh Press, 2000), xvii + 528pp. Cloth. $39.95. ISBN 1-8961-3305-3. Paper. $19.95. ISBN 1-8961-3307-X.Most Canadians, even if they are not poetry...
As near to Heaven by Sea: A History of Newfoundland and Labrador
Kevin Major, As Near to Heaven by Sea: A History of Newfoundland and Labrador (Toronto: Penguin Canada, 2001), 497pp. Paper. $24.95. ISBN 0- 1402-7864-8.Anyone who has not heard about Kevin Major, the author of several prizewinning novels, can visit...
At Home Afloat: Women on the Waters of the Pacific Northwest
Nancy Pagh, At Home Afloat: Women on the Waters of the Pacific Northwest (Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 2001), xix + 179pp. Paper. ISBN 1- 5523-8028-9.In At Home Afloat Nancy Pagh - marine tourist and scholar - provides a thoroughly engaging...
A Trading Nation: Canadian Trade from Colonialism to Globalization
Michael Hart, A Trading Nation: Canadian Trade from Colonialism to Globalization (Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 2002), xv + 556pp. £66.50. Cloth. ISBN 0-7748-0894-2.This is a comprehensive survey of the history of Canadian trade based...
Biotechnology and Food for Canadians
Alan McHughen, Biotechnology and Food for Canadians (Vancouver and New York: The Fraser Institute and The American Council on Science and Health, 2002), xiv + 69pp. Paper. $19.95. ISBN 0-8897-5191-9.Concern over the 'threat' posed to human health and...
British Columbia: The Pacific Province. Geographical Essays
Colin J.B. Wood (ed.), British Columbia: The Pacific Province. Geographical Essays, Canadian Western Geographical Series, vol. 36 (Victoria, BC: Western Geographical Press, 2001), xvii + 358pp. Paper. ISBN 0-9198-3826-X.We all want to learn more about...
Canada 1849
Derek Pollard and Ged Martin (eds), CANADA 1849 (Edinburgh: Centre of Canadian Studies, 2001), 256pp. Paper. £15. ISBN 0-9052-4410-9.The 1999 conference of the University of Edinburgh Centre of Canadian Studies assumed the form of a sesquicentennial...
Canada and the Idea of North
Sherrill Grace, Canada and the Idea of North (Montreal and Kingston: McGill- Queen's University Press), xxiv + 341pp. Cloth. £37.95. ISBN 0-7735-2247-6.'And where is The North?' asked a recent Canadian visitor to Yorkshire, as the car approached an M1...
Canadian Identity through Literature
Mary Koutsoudaki (ed.), Canadian Identity Through Literature (Athens: Savalas Publications, 2002), 110pp. 9.70 Euros. ISBN 9-6046-0850-9.Mary Koutsoudaki sets the tone for this collection of seven essays at the beginning of this book: a 'modest publication'...
Citizens Plus: Aboriginal Peoples and the Canadian State
Alan C. Cairns, Citizens Plus: Aboriginal Peoples and the Canadian State (Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 2000), viii+280pp. Cloth. $29.50. ISBN 0-7748-0767-9.As a welcome addition to the growing literature on Aboriginal rights, Cairns'...
Coastlines, the Poetry of Atlantic Canada
Anne Compton, Laurence Hutchman, Ross Leckie and Robin McGrath (eds), Coastlines, The Poetry of Atlantic Canada (Goose Lane Editions, New Brunswick, 2002), 311pp. Paper. $22.95. ISBN 0-8649-2313-9.If you read this collection of poems for anything, read...
Cold Burial: A True Story of Endurance and Disaster
Clive Powell-Williams, Cold Burial: A True Story of Endurance and Disaster (London: Penguin, 2002), 265pp. Paper. £7.99. ISBN 0-1402-8225-4.Never has a book affected me with such a sense of avuncular indignation. Jack Hornby, a reckless, quixotic 5'4"...
Come, Bright Improvement: The Literary Societies of Nineteenth-Century Ontario
Heather Murray, Come, Bright Improvement: The Literary Societies of Nineteenth-Century Ontario (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2002), xix + 335pp. Cloth. £40. ISBN 0-8020-3633-3.The earnest Victorian cult of 'self-help' was not simply a feature...
Conceptualising Community: Policy Implications for Atlantic Canada
ZYGMUNT BAUMAN'S IMPRESSIVE WORK on community asserts that: Words have meanings: some words, however, also have a 'feel'. The word 'community' is one of them. It feels good: whatever the word 'community' may mean, it is good 'to have a community', to...
Disability and Federalism: Comparing Different Approaches to Full Participation
David Cameron and Fraser Valentine, Disability and Federalism: Comparing Different Approaches to Full Participation (Montreal and Kingston: McGill- Queen's University Press, 2001), 268pp. Cloth. £49.90. ISBN 0-8891-1867- 1. Paper. £22.90. ISBN 0-8891-1857-4.Disability...
Discourses of Domination: Racial Bias in the Canadian English-Language Press
Frances Henry and Carol Tator, Discourses of Domination: Racial Bias in the Canadian English-Language Press (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2002), 291pp. Paper. £15. ISBN 0-8020-8457-5.Studies of racism in the media are all too rare, so it is...
Driven Apart: Women's Employment Equality and Child Care in Canadian Public Policy
Annis May Timpson, Driven Apart: Women's Employment Equality and Child Care in Canadian Public Policy (Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 2001), xviii + 318pp. Cloth. £49.95. ISBN 0-7748-0820-9. Paper. £16.95. ISBN 0-7748-0821-7.The focus...
Empire of Dust: Settling and Abandoning the Prairie Dry Belt
David C. Jones, Empire of Dust: Settling and Abandoning the Prairie Dry Belt (Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 2002), xx + 316pp. $29.95. Paper. ISBN 1-5523-8085-8.When white explorers first rediscovered the North American Great Plains they named...
Forest Product Procurement: The Influence of European Corporate Environmental Procurement on Forestry Practice in British Columbia, Canada
THIS ARTICLE EXAMINES HOW, in Europe, the development of partnerships between environmental NGOs and business has led to 'green' corporate demand for the procurement of certified wood and paper products that has made a significant contribution to the...
Going Some Place
Lynne Van Luven (ed.), Going Some Place (Regina: Coteau Books, 2000), ix + 283pp. Paperback. ISBN 1-5505-0137-2.The diversity of modern Canada is reflected in the issues raised in this powerful prose anthology of creative non-fiction. What is immediately...
Heroes
Ray Robertson, Heroes (Toronto: Dundurn, 2000), 347pp. Paper. $18.99. ISBN 0-8892-4292-5.Written and published with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council and Canada Heritage's Book Publishing Industry Development Program,...
Introduction: Environment, Resources, Community
GEOGRAPHERS HAVE A LONG AND ENVIABLE RECORD of achievement in three areas of interest for Canadianists. These are: the exploration and development of the Canadian nation; the birth and growth of the British Association for Canadian Studies; and indeed...
Landscapes of Encounter: The Portrayal of Catholicism in the Novels of Brian Moore
Liam Gearon, Landscapes of Encounter: The Portrayal of Catholicism in the Novels of Brian Moore (Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 2002), xvi + 296pp. Cloth. $49.95. ISBN 1-5523-8048-3.While Brian Moore's Catholic themes have long featured in biocritical...
Leacock on Life/Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town
Gerald Lynch (ed.), Leacock on Life (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2002), xiii + 209pp. Cloth. £15. ISBN 0-8020-3594-9.Stephen Leacock, Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town, ed. by Carl Spadonia (Peterborough, ON: Broadview Press, 2002), lxxxv...
Lost Land of Moses: The Age of Discovery on New Brunswick's Salmon Rivers
Peter Thomas, Lost Land of Moses: The Age of Discovery on New Brunswick's Salmon Rivers (Fredericton: Goose Lane Editions, 2001), 264pp. Paper. $19.95. ISBN 0-8649-2293-0.Peter Thomas is a former Professor of English at the University of New Brunswick...
Making Avonlea: L.M. Montgomery and Popular Culture
Irene Gammel (ed.), Making Avonlea: L.M. Montgomery and Popular Culture. (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2002), xiii + 347pp. Cloth. £45. ISBN 0-8020-3558-2. Paper. £18. ISBN 0-8020-8433-8.Gammel is a member of the L.M. Montgomery Institute (founded...
Negotiating Identities in Women's Lives: English Postcolonial and Contemporary British Novels
Christine Wick Sizemore, Negotiating Identities in Women's Lives: English Postcolonial and Contemporary British Novels (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2002), x + 190pp. Cloth. £51.95. ISBN 0-313-32163-9.Christine Wick Sizemore considers novels by Margaret...
Never Going Back: A History of Queer Activism in Canada
Tom Warner, Never Going Back: A History of Queer Activism in Canada (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2002), 430pp. Cloth. £60. ISBN 0- 8020-3608-2. Paper. £25. ISBN 0-8020-8460-5.This is a book about resistance, protest and change. Combining archival...
North of Everything: English-Canadian Cinema since 1980
William Baird and Jerry White (eds), North of Everything: English-Canadian Cinema since 1980 (Edmonton: University of Alberta Press, 2002), 488pp. Paper. $49.95. ISBN 0-8886-4390-X.Canadian cinema may still be struggling to get films financed, produced...
Not Quite Mainstream: Canadian Jewish Short Stories
Norman Ravvin (ed.), Not Quite Mainstream: Canadian Jewish Short Stories (Calgary: Red Deer Press, 2001), 246pp. Paper. $18.95. ISBN 0-8899-5246-9.It is not the 'mainstream' by which these stories should be measured, but the entire multi-textured river....
Opportunties for Public Access to the Countryside: Britain and Canada Compared
THIS ARTICLE COMPARES AND CONTRASTS the arrangements for public access to the countryside. Since access legislation and government bodies vary enormously in the different parts of Britain and Canada as a whole, there is a need to narrow down the scope...
Our Voices: Native Stories of Alaska and the Yukon
James Ruppert and John W. Bernet (eds), Our Voices: Native Stories of Alaska and the Yukon (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2001), 394pp. Paper. $29.95. ISBN 0-8032-8984-7.This delightful and moving collection of stories from the diverse Native...
Papers of the Thirtieth Algonquian Conference/Actes Du Trente-Deuxième Congrès Des Algonquinistes/Papers of the Thirty-Third Algonquian Conference
David H. Pentland (ed.), Papers of the Thirtieth Algonquian Conference (Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Department of Linguistics, 1999), ix + 428pp. Paper. $48. ISSN 0031-5671.John D. Nichols (ed.), Actes du Trente-Deuxième Congrès des Algonquinistes...
Playing the Pacific Province: An Anthology of British Columbia Plays, 1967-2000
Ginny Ratsoy and James Hoffman (eds), Playing the Pacific Province: An Anthology of British Columbia Plays, 1967-2000 (Toronto: Playwrights Canada Press, 2001), 520pp. Paper. $45. ISBN 0-8875-4617-X.In their Introduction, the editors position their anthology...
Preserving What Is Valued: Museums, Conservation and First Nations
Miriam Clavier, Preserving What is Valued: Museums, Conservation and First Nations (Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 2002), xxiv + 295pp. Cloth. £79.95. ISBN 0-7748-0860-8.This is a research publication and only occasionally are there...
Remnants of Nation: On Poverty Narratives by Women
Roxanne Rimstead, Remnants of Nation: On Poverty Narratives by Women (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2001), 348pp. Paper. £15. ISBN 0- 8020-8270-X.Roxanne Rimstead's book presents a serious, thorough and long-overdue challenge to national myths...
She
Claire Harris, She (New Brunswick: Goose Lane Press, 2000), 132pp. Paper. $16.95. ISBN 0-8649-2294-9.Claire Harris's recent novel is published with the financial assistance of the Book Publishing Industry Development Program of Canada. Their website...
Speculative Fictions: Contemporary Canadian Novelists and the Writing of History
Herb Wyile, Speculative Fictions: Contemporary Canadian Novelists and the Writing of History (Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2002), xvii + 316pp. Cloth. £57. ISBN: 0-7735-2315-4.Herb Wyile's book makes an excellent contribution to the study...
The Canadian 'World City' and Sustainable Downtown Revitalisation: Messages from Montreal 1962-2002
THE CITY GOVERNMENTS OF CANADA's largest metropolitan centres have, in recent years, experienced some dramatic changes of civic leadership and policy agenda, as well as reductions in financial support, and reorganisations that include the controversial...
The Carving of Canada: A Tale of Parliamentary Gothic/The Liberators/Captured in Stone: Carving Canada's Past/Out of Muskoka/Tales of Courage, Stories from Eastern Ontario's Remarkable Past/Waging Peace, Poetry and Political Action/A Boy All Spirit, Thoreau MacDonald in the 1920s
Munroe Scott, The Carving of Canada: A Tale of Parliamentary Gothic (Ottawa: Penumbra Press, 1999), 176pp. Paper. $19.95. ISBN 0-9212-5493-8.Munroe Scott, The Liberators (Ottawa: Penumbra Press, 2001), 223pp. Paper. $21.95. ISBN 1-8941-3121-5.Eleanor...
The Diaries of Northrop Frye, 1942-55/the 'Third Book' Notebooks of Northrop Frye, 1964-1972: The Critical Comedy
Northrop Frye, The Diaries of Northrop Frye, 1942-55, ed. by Robert D. Denham (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2001), xlvii + 821pp. Cloth. £65. ISBN 0-8020-3538-8.Northrop Frye, The 'Third Book' Notebooks of Northrop Frye, 1964-1972: The Critical...
The French Enigma: Survival and Development in Canada's Francophone Societies
Robert A. Stebbins, The French Enigma: Survival and Development in Canada's Francophone Societies (Calgary: Detselig Enterprises, 2000), xi + 254pp. Paper. $24.95. ISBN 1-5505-9201-7.Robert Stebbins was prompted to write his book, a sociocultural examination...
The History of Emily Montague
Frances Brooke, The History of Emily Montague, ed. by Laura Moss. Canadian Critical Edition (Ottawa: Tecumseh Press, 2001), xiii + 500pp. Paper. $24.95. ISBN 1-8961-3329-0.Frances Brooke holds a noteworthy position in the early history of the novel,...
The Life and Times of Confederation 1864-1867: Politics, Newspapers and the Union of British North America
P.B. Waite, The Life and Times of Confederation 1864-1867: Politics, Newspapers and the Union of British North America (Toronto: Robin Brass Studio, 2001), xv + 468pp. Paper. $19.95. ISBN 1-8969-4123-0.There are very few historical studies which merit...
The Nexus of Identity, Inuit Autonomy and Arctic Sustainability: Learning from Nunavut, Community and Culture
NORTHERN IDENTITY HAS TRAVELLED a long road in a brief period, compressing the journey of Inuit and their lands from autonomy to dependency to interdependency within living memory. Throughout this period Inuit identity has retained its capacity to self-define...
The Rhetoric of Canadian Writing
Conny Steenman-Marcusse (ed.), The Rhetoric of Canadian Writing (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2002), 304pp. Paper. $52. ISBN 9-0420-1290-0.Coral Ann Howells opens her essay in this collection with Northrop Frye's famous question about Canadian identity, 'where...
Thinking Government: Public Sector Management in Canada
David Johnson, Thinking Government: Public Sector Management in Canada (Peterborough, ON: Broadview Press), 664pp. Paper. £34.99. ISBN 1-5511- 1319-8.Thinking Government is an impressive book about government, politics, public administration, and public...
Urban Regeneration Rationalties and Quality of Life: Comparative Notes from Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver
NOTIONS OF QUALITY OF LIFE AND LIVEABILITY have for several decades pervaded representations of the Canadian urban experience offered by metropolitan authorities across the country. In a state that has targeted both inward investment and immigration...
Water in Canada: Resources and Issues
THIS ARTICLE CONSIDERS CANADIAN water resource issues. It is written from a UK perspective but has necessarily drawn on the work of North American authors. On occasions, when there are few current researchers working on some aspects discussed, we have...
Weathers
Douglas Lochhead, Weathers, ed. by David Creelman (Goose Lane Editions 2002), 200pp. paper, $24.95. ISBN 0-8649-2344-9.Weathers contains Douglas Lochhead's new and selected poems from the last fifteen years, a relatively brief stretch of this poet's...
Whose Heritage Is It Anyway? Reconciling the 'National' and the Universal in Quebec City
Heritage is by definition an inheritance from the past destined for the future. It is a product of the present purposefully developed in response to current demands for it, and shaped by that market. It follows that the past is a quarry of possibilities...
Wilderness and the Canadian Mind
PRESIDENTIAL ADDRESSES TRADITIONALLY TAKE one of several forms.1 Some review the activities and achievements of the Association or Society over the period of office. This approach would not be difficult here, given the outstanding contributions which...
Women and the White Man's God: Gender and Race in the Canadian Mission Field
Myra Rutherdale, Women and the White Man's God: Gender and Race in the Canadian Mission Field (Vancouver and Toronto: University of British Columbia Press, 2002), 194pp. Cloth. £71.50. ISBN 0-7748-0904-3.Women and the White Man's God is a well-researched...
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