British Journal of Canadian Studies

Provides articles on Canadian studies topics.

Articles from Vol. 21, No. 2, September

Agents of Empire: British Female Migration to Canada and Australia, 1860s-1930
Lisa Chilton, Agents of Empire: British Female Migration to Canada and Australia, 1860s-1930 (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2007), viii + 240pp. Cased. £40. ISBN 978-0-8020-9274-8. Paper. £18. ISBN 978-0-8020-9474-2.Female emigration societies'...
A Son of Québec/Tell Me Why Nights Are Lonesome
Andrew Roy, A Son of Québec (Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue: Shoreline Press, 2004), 141pp. Paper. $21.95. ISBN 1-896754-39-2.Muriel Gold, Tell Me Why Nights Are Lonesome (Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue: Shoreline Press, 2004), 169pp. Paper. $22.95. ISBN 1-896754-35-X.Shoreline,...
Augustino and the Choir of Destruction
Marie-Claire Blais, Augustino and the Choir of Destruction, trans. Nigel Spencer (Toronto: House of Anansi Press, 2007), 224pp. Paper. $19.95. ISBN 978-0-88784- 752-3.Marie-Claire Blais has remained strikingly consistent throughout the many years of...
Building Liberty: Canada and World Peace, 1945-2005
Conny Steenman-Marcusse and Aritha van Herk (eds), Building Liberty: Canada and World Peace, 1945-2005 (Gröningen, Netherlands: Barkhuis Publishing, Canada Cahiers no. 11 of the Association for Canadian Studies in the Netherlands, 2005). xi + 339pp....
Canada's Governors General, 1847-1878: Biography and Constitutional Evolution
Barbara J. Messamore, Canada's Governors General, 1847-1878: Biography and Constitutional Evolution (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2006), 300pp. Cased. £40. ISBN 978-0-8020-9061-4. Paper. £20. ISBN 978-0-8020-9385-1.It was Lord Dufferin who,...
Canadas of the Mind: The Making and Unmaking of Canadian Nationalisms
Norman Hillmer and Adam Chapnick (eds), Canadas of the Mind: The Making and Unmaking of Canadian Nationalisms (Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2007), 326pp. Cased. £55. ISBN 978-0-7735-3272-4. Paper. £16.99. ISBN 978-0-7735-3273-1.This...
Canada's Prime Ministers: Macdonald to Trudeau - Portraits from the Dictionary of Canadian Biography
Ramsay Cook and Réal Bélanger (eds), Canada's Prime Ministers: Macdonald to Trudeau - Portraits from the Dictionary of Canadian Biography (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2007), xiv + 476pp. Cased. £48. ISBN 978-0-8020-9173-4. Paper. £22.50. ISBN...
Canadian Democracy: An Introduction, Fifth Edition
Stephen Brooks (ed.), Canadian Democracy: An Introduction, Fifth Edition (Toronto: Oxford University Press Canada, 2007), xiii + 570pp. Paper. £31.99. ISBN 0-19- 542323-5.With the upheavals in Canadian politics in recent years, political textbooks have...
Canadian Environments: Essays in Culture, Politics and History
Robert C. Thomsen and Nanette L. Hale (eds), Canadian Environments: Essays in Culture, Politics and History (Brussels: Peter Lang Publishing Group, 2005), 316pp. Paper. £26.90. ISBN 90-5201-295-7.This volume arises out of the VII Triennial Conference...
Canadian Studies in the New Millennium
Patrick James and Mark Kasoff (eds), Canadian Studies in the New Millennium (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2007), 496pp. Paper. £22.50. ISBN 978-0- 8020-9468-1.This is a fine introductory textbook on Canada. The editors and most of the fourteen...
Changing Silk Gowns for Survival Suits:1 A Written Conversation with Robin McGrath
There is an absence of representation of Newfoundland outside its borders which paradoxically co-exists with an abundance of stereotypical depictions fostered by the tourist trade. Writers such as Robin McGrath can help us to fully incorporate Newfoundland...
City Stages: Theatre and Urban Space in a Global City
Michael McKinnie, City Stages: Theatre and Urban Space in a Global City (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2007), 208pp. Cased. £28. ISBN 0-8020-9121-5.This valuable study examines the relationships between urban space and the development of theatre...
Clio's Warriors: Canadian Historians and the Writing of the World Wars
Tim Cook, Clio's Warriors: Canadian Historians and the Writing of the World Wars (Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 2006), ix + 326pp. Cased. $85. ISBN 978-0-7748-1256-6. Paper. $29.95. ISBN 978-0-7748-1257-3.In this meticulously researched...
Courting Failure: Women and the Law in Twentieth-Century Literature
Heidi Slettedahl Macpherson, Courting Failure: Women and the Law in Twentieth- Century Literature (Akron, OH: University of Akron Press, 2007), x + 294pp. Cased. $52.95. ISBN 978-1-9319-6847-8. Paper. $24.95. ISBN 978-9319-6848-5.The difference between...
Dancing around the Elephant: Creating a Prosperous Canada in an Era of American Dominance, 1957-1973
Bruce Muirhead, Dancing around the Elephant: Creating a Prosperous Canada in an Era of American Dominance, 1957-1973 (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2007), 360pp. Cased. £42. ISBN 978-0-8020-9016-4.Since the Second World War, Canada's economy...
Diplomacy with a Difference: The Commonwealth Office of High Commissioner, 1880-2006
Lorna Lloyd, Diplomacy with a Difference: The Commonwealth Office of High Commissioner, 1880-2006 (Leiden and Boston: Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 2007), 353pp. Cased. US$168. ISBN 978-90-04-15497-1.This book is volume I in a newly launched series, edited...
Divisadero
Michael Ondaatje, Divisadero (London: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2007), 288pp. Cased. £17.99. ISBN 978-0-7475-8924-2. Paper. £7.99. ISBN 978-0-7475-9268-6.The passing of time and the operation of memory are of central concern in Michael Ondaatje's writing....
Emily Carr
Ian M. Thom, Charles C. Hill and Johanne Lamoureux, Emily Carr (Vancouver: Douglas & McIntyre Publishing Group, 2006), 320pp. Cased. $75. ISBN 978-1-55365-173-4. Also published as Charles C. Hill, Johanne Lamoureux, and Ian M. Thom, Emily Carr: New...
Finding Families, Finding Ourselves: English Canada Encounters Adoption from the Nineteenth Century to the 1990s
Veronica Strong-Boag, Finding Families, Finding Ourselves: English Canada Encounters Adoption from the Nineteenth Century to the 1990s (Toronto: Oxford University Press Canada, 2006), 318pp. Paper. £24.99. ISBN 978-0-1954-2492-8.Veronica Strong-Boag...
French as the Common Language in Quebec: History, Debates and Positions
Ian Lockerbie, Ines Molinaro, Karim Larose and Leigh Oakes, French as the Common Language in Quebec: History, Debates and Positions (Montreal: Éditions Nota bene/Globe, 2005), 203pp. Paper. $13.95. ISBN 2-89518-208-6.This book consists of four chapters...
French in Canada: Language Issues
Maeve Conrick and Vera Regan, French in Canada: Language Issues (Bern: Peter Lang Publishing Group, 2007), 186pp. Paper. £26. ISBN 978-3-03910-142-9.This book is an excellent introductory text to language issues in Quebec. It starts with a very clear...
Household Counts: Canadian Households and Families in 1901
Eric W. Sager and Peter Baskerville (eds), Household Counts: Canadian Households and Families in 1901 (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2007), 272pp. Cased. £42. ISBN 978-0-8020-3860-3. Paper. £22.50. ISBN 978-0-8020-3802-6.In Household Counts,...
In Search of Canadian Political Culture
Nelson Wiseman, In Search of Canadian Political Culture (Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 2007), 346pp. Cased. $85. ISBN 978-0-7748-1388-4. Paper. $29.95. ISBN 978-0-7748-1389-1.This erudite and highly readable text is an outstanding...
Interrogating Race and Racism/Race, Racialization and Antiracism in Canada and Beyond/Racial Profiling in Canada: Challenging the Myth of 'A Few Bad Apples'
Vijay Agnew (ed.), Interrogating Race and Racism (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2007), x + 417pp. Cased. £48. ISBN 978-0-8020-9356-1. Paper. £22.50. ISBN 978-0- 8020-9509-1.Genevieve Fuji Johnson and Randy Enomoto (eds), Race, Racialization and...
Language, Citizenship and Identity in Quebec
Leigh Oakes and Jane Warren, Language, Citizenship and Identity in Quebec (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007), xiv + 260pp. Cased. £50. ISBN 1-4039-4975-2.Irrespective of our disciplinary approach, questions of language, citizenship and identity...
Letters across Borders: The Epistolary Practices of International Migrants
Bruce S. Elliott, David A. Gerber, and Suzanne M. Sinke (eds), Letters Across Borders: The Epistolary Practices of International Migrants (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006), 315pp. Cased. £47.50. ISBN 1-4039-7101-3.The personal correspondence of migrants...
Literary Celebrity in Canada/Women, Celebrity, and Literary Culture between the Wars
Lorraine York, Literary Celebrity in Canada (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2007), viii + 200pp. Cased. £25. ISBN 978-0-8020-9282-9.Faye Hammill, Women, Celebrity, and Literary Culture between the Wars (Austin: University of Texas Press, 2007),...
Literary Environments: Canada and the Old World
Britta Olinder (ed.), Literary Environments: Canada and the Old World (Bern: Peter Lang Publishing Group, 2006), 246pp. Paper. £22.40. ISBN 90-5201-296-2.This edited volume collects selected literary papers from the Nordic Association for Canadian Studies...
Margaret Atwood: A Reference Guide, 1988-2005
Shannon Hengen and Ashley Thomson (eds), Margaret Atwood: A Reference Guide, 1988-2005 (Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press Inc., 2007), xiv + 438pp. Cased. $75. ISBN 978-0-8108-5904-3.This is a book for library acquisition and for Atwood specialists - indispensable...
Montreal-Glasgow
Bill Marshall (ed.), Montreal-Glasgow (University of Glasgow: French and German Publications, 2005), xiv + 262pp. Paper. £15. ISBN 0-8526-1810-7.It was an inspired idea to ask Greg Hemphill, a well known comedian born in Glasgow but brought up partly...
More Than Representation: Storytelling and Self-Invention in Alistair MacLeod's Narratives
This article develops ways of reading resonance and connection between Alistair MacLeod's short stories and his novel No Great Mischief (1999) by focusing not only on what is said but on what is not said. It does so by developing MacLeod's concern with...
National Visions, National Blindness: Canadian Art and Identities in the 1920s
Literature, Criticism and the Arts Leslie Dawn, National Visions, National Blindness: Canadian Art and Identities in the 1920s (Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 2006), viii + 446pp. Cased. $85. ISBN 978-0-7748-1217-7. Paper. $34.95. ISBN...
Natives & Settlers - Now & Then: Historical Issues and Current Perspectives on Treaties and Land Claims in Canada
Paul W. DePasquale (ed.), Natives & Settlers - Now & Then: Historical Issues and Current Perspectives on Treaties and Land Claims in Canada (Edmonton: University of Alberta Press, 2007), xxxiii + 119pp. Paper. $39.95. ISBN 978-0-88864-462-6.This...
Nunavut: Rethinking Political Culture
Politics and Social Sciences Ailsa Henderson, Nunavut: Rethinking Political Culture (Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 2007), xiv + 254pp. Cased. $85. ISBN 978-0-7748-1423-2. Paper. $29.95. ISBN 978-0-7748-1424-9.Ailsa Henderson's Nunavut:...
Paths of Glory: The Life and Death of General James Wolfe
Stephen Brumwell, Paths of Glory: The Life and Death of General James Wolfe (London: Hambledon Continuum, 2006), 406pp. Cased. £25. ISBN 1-8528-5553-3. Paper. £14.99. ISBN 1-8472-5208-7.On 3 July 2008, Quebec City celebrated its four hundredth anniversary,...
'Pictures Bring Us Messages'/Sinaakssiiksi Aohtsimaahpihkookiyaawa: Photographs and Histories from the Kainai Nation
Alison K. Brown and Laura Peers, with members of the Kainai Nation, 'Pictures Bring Us Messages'/Sinaakssiiksi aohtsimaahpihkookiyaawa: Photographs and Histories from the Kainai Nation (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2006), 420pp. Cased. £48....
Regional Subnationalism in Canada and the Social Meaning of New Organisations
The modernist view is that nationalism is the political alignment of a national culture with a state. Of particular relevance to modernist approaches to nationalism is the role of technology, including sociotechnical technologies such as organisations,...
Selected Letters of Stephen Leacock
David Staines (ed.) with Barbara Nimmo, Selected Letters of Stephen Leacock (Toronto: Oxford University Press Canada, 2006), xii + 564pp. Cased. $21.95. ISBN 978-0- 1954-0869-0.Stephen Leacock's niece, the late Barbara Nimmo, passed her collection of...
Social Movements
Suzanne Staggenborg, Social Movements (Toronto: Oxford University Press Canada, 2008), ix + 173pp. Paper. £25.99. ISBN 978-0-1954-2309-9.Social protest is a permanent feature of contemporary society, with long-standing and recently formed groups involved...
The Ambitious City: A History of the City of North Vancouver
Warren Sommer, The Ambitious City: A History of the City of North Vancouver (Madeira Park, BC: Harbour Publishing, 2007), 342pp. Cased. $44.95. ISBN 978-1-5501-7411-3.About a century ago the City of North Vancouver's location on the north shore of the...
The Body Politic and the Erotic Body: The (Male) Novel of the Quiet Revolution in Quebec
This article claims that the male novel of the Quiet Revolution in Quebec creates a spectacularly gendered world in which the body politic (as well as the cultural sphere as a whole: the writer, the novel and literary institutions) is defined as entirely...
The Donut: A Canadian History
Steve Penfold, The Donut: A Canadian History (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2008), xi + 256 pp. Cased. £40. ISBN 0-8020-9792-2. Paper. £15. ISBN 0-8020-9545- 9.Everyone has a donut anecdote. For some in Britain, it is a memorable seaside or fairground...
The History of Canadian Business, 1867-1914
R. T. Naylor, The History of Canadian Business, 1867-1914 (Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2006), xlviii + 674pp. Cased. £64. ISBN 978-0-7735- 3088-1. Paper. £21.95. ISBN 978-0-7735-3089-8.This is a new edition of Naylor's classic...
The Long Journey of a Forgotten People: Métis Identities and Family Histories
Ute Lischke and David T. McNab (eds), The Long Journey of a Forgotten People: Métis Identities and Family Histories (Waterloo, ON: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2007), 370pp. Paper. $34.95. ISBN 978-0-8892-0523-9.This eclectic collection of essays...
The Other Quebec: Microhistorical Essays on Nineteenth-Century Religion and Society
J.I. Little, The Other Quebec: Microhistorical Essays on Nineteenth-Century Religion and Society (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2006), xi + 278pp. Cased. £42. ISBN 978-0-8020-9100-0. Paper. £20. ISBN 978-0-8020-9397-4.It is largely thanks to...
The Outlander
Gil Adamson, The Outlander (Toronto: House of Anansi Press, 2007), 387pp. Cased. $29.95. ISBN 978-0-88784-210-0. Paper. $18.95. ISBN 978-0-88784-792-9.The Outlander is Gil Adamson's first novel, though her poetry and short fiction have already gained...
The Romance of Transgression in Canada: Queering Sexualities, Nations, Cinemas
Thomas Waugh, The Romance of Transgression in Canada: Queering Sexualities, Nations, Cinemas (Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2006), xxii + 602pp. Cased. £57. ISBN 0-7735-3069-X. Paper. £18.99. ISBN 0-7735-3146-7.Its title an...
The Shipment of Poor Children to Canada, 1867-1917
History Roy Parker, The Shipment of Poor Children to Canada, 1867-1917 (Bristol: The Policy Press, University of Bristol, 2008), xiv + 354pp. Cased. £70. ISBN 978-1-84742-014- 5.This is a book of rare distinction. Of course, there have been other scholarly...
'Thinking Themselves Halved When They Are Atomized': Identity Contradictions in Marian Engel's No Clouds of Glory and the Honeyman Festival
This article focuses on Marian Engel's first two novels to explore why critics were so often disappointed in her work. Engel's focus on individual female and national consciousness within social and historical circumstances was generally considered a...
Uneasy Partners: Multiculturalism and Rights in Canada
Janice G. Stein, David R. Cameron, John Ibbitson, Will Kymlicka, John Meisel, Haroon Siddiqui and Michael Valpy, Uneasy Partners: Multiculturalism and Rights in Canada (Waterloo, ON: Wilfrid Laurier Press, 2007), xiii + 165pp. Paper. $24.95. ISBN 978-1-...
Unsettling Encounters: First Nations Imagery in the Art of Emily Carr
Gerta Moray, Unsettling Encounters: First Nations Imagery in the Art of Emily Carr (Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 2006), xiv + 386pp incl. 197 illustrations. Cased. $75. ISBN 978-0-7748-1282-6.It would seem that revisionism is stalking...
Vikings to U-Boats: The German Experience in Newfoundland and Labrador
Gerhard P. Bassler, Vikings to U-boats: The German Experience in Newfoundland and Labrador (Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2006), x + 378pp. Cased. £60. ISBN 978-0-7735-3124-6.When Gerhard P. Bassler arrived in St John's in 1965,...
Whose Canada? Continental Integration, Fortress North America, and the Corporate Agenda
Ricardo Grinspun and Yasmine Shamsie (eds), Whose Canada? Continental Integration, Fortress North America, and the Corporate Agenda (Montreal and Kingston: McGill- Queen's University Press, 2007), xxii + 566pp. Cased. £60. ISBN 978-0-7735-3191-9. Paper....
Women in the 2005-2006 Canadian Election: Keeping the Volume Down on Women's Political Voices
The Canadian election campaign of 2005-2006 is of special interest for women because of the dominance of childcare policy in the debates between the parties. This paper examines the participation of women as candidates and the issue content of the campaign....
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