British Journal of Canadian Studies

Provides articles on Canadian studies topics.

Articles from Vol. 21, No. 1, May

Aboriginal Peoples and the Land: Ownership, Understanding and Development
This case study investigating differences between conventional conceptions of wilderness and Aboriginal understanding of the land and its 'wild spirit places' in British Columbia demonstrates the importance of incorporating an element of this understanding...
A Geography of Absence: Identity and Alienation on the Canadian Prairies
The austere, geometrical openness of the Canadian prairies has frequently prompted indifferent or even hostile responses from visitors and settlers alike. The sense of estrangement that resulted from encounters between the European consciousness and...
Angus L. Macdonald: A Provincial Liberal
Stephen T. Henderson, Angus L. Macdonald: A Provincial Liberal (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2007), 300pp. Cased. £48. ISBN 1-8020-9231-4. Paper. £22.50. ISBN 0-8020-9459-7.It is a reality that many of Canada's 'peripheral' provinces do not...
Beyond Equalization: Examining Fiscal Transfers in a Broader Context
Jason Clemens and Niels Veldhuis (eds), Beyond Equalization: Examining Fiscal Transfers in a Broader Context (Calgary: The Fraser Institute, 2007), 127pp. Paper. $19.95. ISBN 978-0-88975-215-3.Beyond Equalization is a collection of essays critiquing...
Beyond Survival? Wilderness and Canadian National Identity into the Twenty-First Century
Are wilderness and industry reconcilable? This article examines recent examples of Canadian art and literature which draw upon the canonical theme of wilderness, but which encourage a reexamination of the impact of human presence on the land rather than...
Canadian Literature
Faye Hammill, Canadian Literature, Edinburgh Critical Guides (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2007), 220pp. Paper. £14.99. ISBN 978-0-7486-2162-0.It is surprising, given the popularity of Canadian literature courses in Britain, that up until now...
Cinderella Army: The Canadians in Northwest Europe, 1944-1945
Terry Copp, Cinderella Army: The Canadians in Northwest Europe, 1944-1945 (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2006), xi + 392pp. Cased. £28. ISBN 0-8020-3925-1. Paper. £20. ISBN 0-8020-9522-4.Visiting Edinburgh, Terry Copp delivered one of the most...
Dr Delicious: Memoirs of a Life in CanLit
Robert Lecker, Dr Delicious: Memoirs of a Life in CanLit (Montreal: Véhicule Press, 2006), 300pp. Paper. $19.95. ISBN 1-5506-5210-9.If you still feel that being a literature professor is the best job in the world, then approach these memoirs warily....
Federalism, Citizenship and Quebec: Debating Multinationalism
Alain-G. Gagnon and Raffaele Iacovino, Federalism, Citizenship and Quebec: Debating Multinationalism (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2007), 217pp. Cased. £40. ISBN 0-8020-9448-1. Paper. £18. ISBN 0-8020-9216-0.Given the recent debates surrounding...
Fighting from Home: The Second World War in Verdun, Quebec
Serge Durflinger, Fighting From Home: The Second World War in Verdun, Quebec (Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 2006), 296pp. Cased. $85. ISBN 978- 0-7748-1260-3. Paper. $32.95. ISBN 978-0-7748-1261-0.Recent years have seen an exciting...
Foe, Friend and Fragility: Evolving Settler Interactions with the Newfoundland Wilderness
European fishermen settling in Newfoundland considered the island's interior dauntingly inimical. In time they discovered resources to supply the rough necessities of life; their relatively sustainable 'folk development' facilitated outport survival....
Fur Trade Letters of Willie Traill, 1864-1893
K. Douglas Munro (ed.), Fur Trade Letters of Willie Traill, 1864-1893 (Edmonton: University of Alberta Press, 2006), 339pp. Paper. $34.95. ISBN 0-8886-4460-4.Willie Traill (1844-1917) devoted some thirty years to the Hudson's Bay Company, working his...
Hard Passage: A Mennonite Family's Long Journey from Russia to Canada
Arthur Kroeger, Hard Passage: A Mennonite Family's Long Journey from Russia to Canada (Edmonton: University of Alberta Press, 2007), 270pp. Cased. £19. ISBN 0- 88864-473-6.After his father's funeral in 1971, the author of this book inherited a box containing...
Introduction
'WILDERNESS', in the sense of a postglacial natural environment completely untouched by human beings, exists virtually nowhere in the twenty-first century. In the UK, which is densely inhabited, 99 per cent of the 'wildwood' has vanished; this process...
'It Was Canadian, Then, Typically Canadian': Revisiting Wilderness at Historic Sites
A culture of wilderness - academic, artistic, and popular - that idealised the heroic age of the fur trade so dominated historic site selection in Canada that our idea of wilderness became married to a particular point in time. Along the old routes of...
La Droite Intellectuelle Québécoise et la Révolution Tranquille
Xavier Gélinas, La droite intellectuelle québécoise et la Révolution tranquille (Quebec: PUL, coll Cultures québécoises, 2007), 468pp. Paper. $45. ISBN: 978-2-7637-8509- 7.Here is a big book - authoritative, clear and well-written - that fills a distinct...
Like the Sound of a Drum: Aboriginal Cultural Politics in Denendeh and Nunavut
Peter Kulchyski, Like the Sound of a Drum: Aboriginal Cultural Politics in Denendeh and Nunavut (Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 2005), 312pp. Paper. $26.95. ISBN 0-88755-686-8.This book ranges over two very different political units, namely...
Names and Nunavut: Culture and Identity in the Inuit Homeland
Valerie Alia, Names and Nunavut: Culture and Identity in the Inuit Homeland (Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2007) 172pp. Cased. £35. ISBN 1-84545-165-1.Embedded within this nuanced and extraordinarily well-researched account of the political onomastics (the...
The Canadian Short Story: Interpretations
Reingard M. Nischik (ed.), The Canadian Short Story: Interpretations (Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2007), x + 426pp. Cased. £45.00. ISBN 13-978-1-5711-3127-0.In the introductory article to this volume, which includes the contribution of twentysix scholars...
The Case of the 'Traitors': An Essay on Freedom of Speech in Politics
François Gendron, The Case of the 'Traitors': An Essay on Freedom of Speech in Politics (Montreal: Wilson and Lafleur, 2005), 74pp. Paper. $19.95. ISBN 2-89127-744-9.Dr Gendron admirably summarises the main thrust of his short book as follows: 'Of all...
The Last to Die: Ronald Turpin, Arthur Lucas, and the End of Capital Punishment in Canada
Robert J. Hoshowsky, The Last to Die: Ronald Turpin, Arthur Lucas, and the End of Capital Punishment in Canada (Toronto: Dundurn Press, 2007), 222pp. Paper. £12.99. ISBN 978-1-5500-2672-6.Do not read this review if you are squeamish. Ronald Turpin and...
The Other Quiet Revolution: National Identities in English Canada, 1945-71
José E. Igartua, The Other Quiet Revolution: National Identities in English Canada, 1945-71 (Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 2007), 352pp. Cased. $85. ISBN 978-0-7748-1088-3. Paper. $34.95. ISBN 978-0-7748-1091-3.In this volume, Professor...
This Wild Spirit: Women in the Rocky Mountains of Canada
Colleen Skidmore (ed.), This Wild Spirit: Women in the Rocky Mountains of Canada (Edmonton: University of Alberta Press, 2006), xxxix + 464pp. Paper. $34.95. ISBN 0-8886-4466-3.This book brings together little-known writing by Mary T.S. Schäffer, Mollie...
Transatlantic Literary Studies: A Reader
Literature, Criticism and the ArtsSusan Manning and Andrew Taylor (eds), Transatlantic Literary Studies: A Reader (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2007), xiv + 343pp. Cased. £60. ISBN 978- 0 7486-2286-3. Paper. £18.99. ISBN 978-0-7486-2287-0.I...
Treaty Promises, Indian Reality: Life on a Reserve
Harold Lerat with Linda Ungar, Treaty Promises, Indian Reality: Life on a Reserve (Saskatoon: Purich Publishing, 2005), 160pp. Paper. $20. ISBN 1-8958-3026-5.Harold LeRat's story, told with the help of an amanuensis and co-researchers, covers not just...
Two Families: Treaties and Government
Harold Johnson, Two Families: Treaties and Government (Saskatoon: Purich Publishing, 2007), 144pp. Paper. $20. ISBN 978-1-8958-029.This book is a personal reflection on the present-day relationship between the Canadian First Nations and non-native Canadians....
Vimy Ridge: A Canadian Reassessment
HistoryGeoffrey Hayes, Andrew Iarocci and Mike Bechthold (eds), Vimy Ridge: A Canadian Reassessment (Waterloo: Laurier Centre for Military, Strategic and Disarmament Studies and Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2007), 358pp. Cased. $38.95. ISBN 0- 88920-508-6.The...
Work in Tumultuous Times: Critical Perspectives
Politics and Social SciencesVivian Shalla and Wallace Clement (eds), Work In Tumultuous Times: Critical Perspectives (Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queens University Press, 2007), xix + 427pp. Cased. £64. ISBN 978-0-7735-3140-6. Paper. $32.95. ISBN 978-0-7735-3141-3.This...
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