British Journal of Canadian Studies

Provides articles on Canadian studies topics.

Articles from Vol. 22, No. 1, May

A Dropped Glove in Regent Street: An Autobiography by Other Means
Don Coles, A Dropped Glove in Regent Street: An Autobiography By Other Means (Montreal: Signal Editions, 2007), 213 pp. Paper. $18.95. ISBN 1-55065-222-2.This eclectic collection of prose by the poet Don Coles comprises a series of book reviews and articles,...
A Thoroughly Canadian General: A Biography of General H.D.G. Crerar
Paul Douglas Dickson, A Thoroughly Canadian General: A Biography of General H.D.G. Crerar (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2007), xlvi + 571pp. Cased. £35. ISBN 978-0-8020-0802-2.Crerar was born in Hamilton in 1888, served in the First World War,...
Canadian Content: Culture and the Quest for Nationhood
Literature, Arts and CriticismRyan Edwardson, Canadian Content: Culture and the Quest for Nationhood (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2008), vii + 360 pp. Cased. £40. ISBN 0-8020-9519-4. Paper. £18. ISBN 0-8020-9759-6.This book traces the changing...
Canadian Cultural Exchange: Translation and Transculturalism/Echanges Culturels Au Canada: Traduction et Transculturation
Norman Cheadle and Lucien Pelletier (eds),Canadian Cultural Exchange: Translation and Transculturalism/Echanges culturels au Canada: Traduction et Transculturation (Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2007), xxv + 401pp. Cased. $85. ISBN 978-...
Cities in Modernity: Representations and Production of Metropolitan Space, 1840-1930
Richard Dennis, Cities in Modernity: Representations and Production of Metropolitan Space, 1840-1930 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008), 436pp. Cased. £60. ISBN 978-0-521-46470-3. Paper. £21.99. ISBN 978-0-521-46841-1.This monograph is about...
Constructing Tomorrow's Federalism: New Perspectives on Canadian Governance
Ian Peach (ed.), Constructing Tomorrow's Federalism: New Perspectives on Canadian Governance (Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 2007), 252pp. Paper. $27.95. ISBN 978-0-88755-697-5.Canadian federalism frequently forms the backdrop to or an element...
Democratic Reform in New Brunswick
William Cross (ed.), Democratic Reform in New Brunswick (Toronto: Canadian Scholars Press, 2007), 302pp. Paper. £17.99. ISBN 978-1-55130-326-0.In 2003, New Brunswick established a Commission on Legislative Democracy to improve citizen participation,...
Dry Water
Robert J. C. Stead, Dry Water (Ottawa: University of Ottawa Press, 2008), xli + 338pp. Paper. $38. ISBN 078-0-7766-0675-0.In Dry Water, Robert J.C. Stead opens a window into the lives of individuals living in the farming communities of Southern Manitoba...
Editing Modernity: Women and Little Magazine Cultures in Canada, 1916-1956
Dean Irvine, Editing Modernity: Women and Little Magazine Cultures in Canada, 1916-1956 (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2008), 345pp. Cased. £42. ISBN 978- 0-8020-9271-7.In 1989, Miriam Waddington called for research into the role of gender in...
Filming Politics: Communism and the Portrayal of the Working Class at the National Film Board of Canada, 1939-1946
Malek Khouri, Filming Politics: Communism and the Portrayal of the Working Class at the National Film Board of Canada, 1939-1946 (Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 2007), ix + 278 pp. Paper. £20.99. ISBN 9-781552-381991.Malek Khouri, a professor...
Freshwater Fishes of British Columbia
J. D. McPhail, Freshwater Fishes of British Columbia (Edmonton: University of Alberta Press, 2007), lxxiv + 620pp. Cased. $90. ISBN 978-0-88864-467-1.In his Introduction, the author explains that The Freshwater Fishes of British Columbia was originally...
Freshwater Heritage: A History of Sail on the Great Lakes, 1670-1918
Don Bamford, Freshwater Heritage: A History of Sail on the Great Lakes, 1670-1918 (Toronto: Natural Heritage Books/Dundurn Press, 2007), xviii + 300pp. Paper. $34.95. ISBN 978-1-8970-4520-6.In an age of computers and rapid communication across the globe,...
George Grant: A Guide to His Thought
Hugh Donald Forbes, George Grant: A Guide to His Thought (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2007), xii + 301pp. Cased. £40. ISBN 978-0-8020-4318-4. Paper. £18. ISBN 978-0-8020-8142-1.Hugh Donald Forbes's declared aim in this book is 'to assist the...
Guidebook to the Historic Sites of the War of 1812/through Water, Ice and Fire: Schooner Nancy and the War of 1812
Gilbert Collins, Guidebook to the Historic Sites of the War of 1812, second edition, revised and updated (Toronto: Dundurn Press, 2006), 336pp. Paper. £12.99. ISBN 978-1-55002- 626-9.Barry Gough, Through Water, Ice and Fire: Schooner Nancy and the War...
Home Words: Discourses of Children's Literature in Canada
Mavis Reimer (ed.), Home Words: Discourses of Children's Literature in Canada (Waterloo: Wilfred Laurier University Press, 2008), 275pp. Cased. £49.99. ISBN 978- 1-55458-016-3.This book was published with the assistance of a multi-year grant for collaborative...
How Canadians Communicate II/In the News
David Taras, Maria Bakardjieva and Frits Pannekoek (eds), How Canadians Communicate II (Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 2007), xxii + 328pp. Paper. £26.50. ISBN 978-1-55238-224-0.William Ray Carney, In the News. Second edition (Edmonton: University...
Intent for a Nation: What Is Canada For?
Michael Byers, Intent for a Nation: What is Canada For? (Vancouver/Toronto: Douglas & McIntyre, 2007), 248 pp. incl. index. Cased. $32.95. ISBN 978-1-55365-250-2. Paper. $22.95. ISBN 978-1-55365-381-3.Discussions of foreign policy often begin with...
Migrance comparée/Comparing Migration
Marie Carrière and Catherine Khordoc (eds), Migrance comparée/ComparingMigration (Bern: Peter Lang, 2008), 358pp. Paper. £37.30. ISBN 978-3-03911-317-0.Canada, both French- and English-speaking, is undisputedly a land of immigration, and has been officially...
Multicultural Odysseys: Navigating the New International Politics of Diversity
Will Kymlicka, Multicultural Odysseys: Navigating the New International Politics of Diversity (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007), ix + 374pp. Cased. ISBN 978-0-19- 928040-7.Multiculturalism, as an approach to constructing fully democratic and inclusive...
Not Needing All the Words: Michael Ondaatje's Literature of Silence
Annick Hillger, Not Needing All the Words: Michael Ondaatje's Literature of Silence (Montreal & Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2006), x + 267pp. Cased. £56. ISBN 0-7735-3030-4.Hillger examines a selection of Ondaatje's texts against the...
Reaction and Resistance: Feminism, Law and Social Change
Politics and Social SciencesDorothy E. Chunn, Susan B. Boyd and Hester Lessard (eds), Reaction and Resistance: Feminism, Law and Social Change (Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 2008), vii + 303pp. Paper. $32.95. ISBN 978-0-7748-1412-6.Those...
Re-Examining Contract and Unjust Enrichment: Anglo-Canadian Perspectives
Paula Giliker (ed.), Re-examining Contract and Unjust Enrichment: Anglo-Canadian Perspectives (Leiden/Boston: Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 2007), xxx + 341pp. Cased. 126. ISBN 978-90-04-1556-3.On Friday 30 June 2006, a conference on 'Anglo-Canadian Perspectives...
SARS in Context: Memory, History, Policy
Jacalyn Duffin and Arthur Sweetman (eds), SARS in Context: Memory, History, Policy (Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queens' University Press, 2006), xiii + 200pp. Paper. £17.99. ISBN 0-7735-3194-7.Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) is a highly contagious...
Saskatchewan: Geographic Perspectives
Bernard D. Thraves, M.L. Lewry, Janis E. Dale, and Hansgeorg Schlictmann (eds), Saskatchewan: Geographic Perspectives (Regina: Canadian Plains Research Center, University of Regina, 2007), 486pp. Cased. $75.00. ISBN 978-088977-189-5.This lavishly produced...
Shared Visions, Shared Wildernesses: Wilderness Conservation in the Grasslands of Southern Saskatchewan*
Two centuries of hunting, agriculture and economic development have caused declining biodiversity and ecological integrity in the prairie ecozone of southern Saskatchewan. The environmental revolution that started in the 1970s brought a renewed vision...
Social Class in Alice Munro's 'Sunday Afternoon' and 'Hired Girl'
This essay identifies and examines the ways in which Alice Munro, in her revision of the story 'Hired Girl' from The View from Castle Rock (2006), makes more salient the inequities of class distinctions. The nuances of social class are explored in the...
Staples and Beyond: Selected Writings of Mel Watkins
Hugh Grant & David Wolfe (eds), Staples and Beyond: Selected Writings of Mel Watkins (Montreal & Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2006), 320pp. Paper. £16.99. ISBN 0-7735-3145-9.Professor Watkins' academic output reflects his distinctive...
The Anansi Reader: Forty Years of Very Good Books
Lynn Coady (ed.), The Anansi Reader: Forty Years of Very Good Books (Toronto: Anansi Press, 2007), 389pp. Paper. $19.95. ISBN 978-0887847752.'Families are about evolution', writes Jean Vanier in Becoming Human (1998), an excerpt of which is reprinted...
The Apathetic and the Defiant: Case Studies of Canadian Mutiny and Disobedience, 1812-1919
Craig Leslie Mantle (ed.), The Apathetic and the Defiant: Case Studies of Canadian Mutiny and Disobedience, 1812-1919 (Kingston: Canadian Defence Academy Press, and Toronto: The Dundurn Group, 2007), 496pp. Paper. £28.99. ISBN 978-1-55002-710- 5.Disobedience...
The Importance of Being Monogamous: Marriage and Nation Building in Western Canada to 1915
Sarah Carter, The Importance of Being Monogamous: Marriage and Nation Building in Western Canada to 1915 (Edmonton: University of Alberta Press, and Athabasca: Athabasca University Press, 2007), 383pp. Paper. $34.95. ISBN 0-88864-490-6.In The Importance...
The Prairie West as Promised Land
HistoryR. Douglas Francis and Chris Kitzan (eds), The Prairie West as Promised Land (Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 2007), 461pp. Paper. $54.95. ISBN 978-1-55238-230-1.This rich collection of eighteen essays edited by historian R. Douglas Francis...
The Raftsmen of the Ottawa and St Lawrence Rivers
Léon A. Robidoux, The Raftsmen of the Ottawa and St Lawrence Rivers (Sainte-Annede- Bellevue: Shoreline, 2008), 198 pp. Paper. $22.95. ISBN 978-1-896754-38-3.I confess that I have never given much thought to the reality behind that fine traditional song...
The Unfinished Canadian: The People We Are
Andrew Cohen, The Unfinished Canadian: The People We Are (Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 2007), 270pp. Cased. $29.99. ISBN 978-0-7710-2181-7.Andrew Cohen, a professor of journalism and international affairs at Ottawa's Carleton University and a columnist...
'The Workings of My Own Mind': The Private Correspondence of the Governor-General of Canada, 1839-66(1)
Historians of nineteenth-century British-Canadian relations use the rich archive of Colonial Office despatches, supplemented by the private correspondence of governors-general and colonial secretaries where such collections survive. This article contends...
Tradition and Technology in Contemporary Canadian Printmaking*
This article will seek to introduce readers to an aspect of Canadian cultural life that is perhaps little known - printmaking - and, in particular, to three major figures. It will explore how their work is representative of new, less traditional approaches...
Trans.Can.Lit: Resituating the Study of Canadian Literature
Smaro Kamboureli and Roy Miki (eds), Trans.Can.Lit: Resituating the Study of Canadian Literature (Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2007), 233pp. Paper. £21.99. ISBN 978-0-88920-513-0.The Preface to this edited collection sets out the basis...
Transforming the Nation: Canada and Brian Mulroney
Raymond B. Blake (ed.), Transforming the Nation: Canada and Brian Mulroney (Montreal & Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2007), xix + 456pp. Cased. $85. ISBN 978-0-7735-3214-4. Paper. $29.50. ISBN 978-0-7735-3215-1.This fine volume comprises...
What Belongs
F.B. André, What Belongs (Vancouver: Ronsdale Press, 2007), 160pp. Paper. $19.95. ISBN 978-1-55380-044-6.In What Belongs, his second collection of short stories, F.B. André displays his mature gift of storytelling, leading the reader to do temporal and...
With Axe and Bible: The Scottish Pioneers of New Brunswick, 1784-1874
Lucille H. Campey, With Axe and Bible: The Scottish Pioneers of New Brunswick, 1784- 1874 (Toronto: Dundurn Press, 2007), 206pp. Paper. £13.99. ISBN 978-1-897045-22-0.With Axe and Bible is the seventh book in an accessible series of studies of Scottish...
'Without the Stigma of Pauperism': Canadian Veterans in the 1930s
The programme of benefits created in Canada for veterans of the Great War made a clear distinction between pensionable and non-pensionable ex-servicemen. In 1930, the discretionary War Veterans' Allowance was introduced. This was payable (subject to...
Writing the Everyday: Women's Textual Communities in Atlantic Canada
Danielle Fuller, Writing the Everyday: Women's Textual Communities in Atlantic Canada (Montreal & Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2004), xi + 298pp. Cased. $85.00. ISBN 0-7735-2806-7.This comprehensive survey of Atlantic Canadian women's...
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