British Journal of Canadian Studies

Provides articles on Canadian studies topics.

Articles from Vol. 27, No. 2, 2014

1812: A Guide to the War and Its Legacy
Terry Copp et al., 1812: A Guide to the War and Its Legacy (Waterloo, ON: LCMSDS Press of Wilfrid Laurier University, 2013), 264 pp. Paper. $34.95. ISBN 978-1-92680-413-2.Although published by a press apparently attached to a university, there is little...
'A Century of Canadian Art': The Tate Gallery Exhibition of 1938
On Friday 15 October 1938, 1,200 people gathered at London's Tate Gallery as the Duke of Kent, George the V's youngest son, opened the most comprehensive show of Canadian art ever staged (Finlay 2004: 173). The exhibition, entitled 'A Centur y of Canadian...
A Two-Edged Sword: The Navy as an Instrument of Canadian Foreign Policy
Nicholas Tracy, A Two-Edged Sword: The Navy as an Instrument of Canadian Foreign Policy (Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2012), 496 pp. 35 b&w photos. Cased. £35. ISBN 978-0-7735-4051-4. Paper. $39.95. ISBN 978-0-7735-4052-1.As...
A World You Do Not Know: Settler Societies, Indigenous Peoples and the Attack on Cultural Diversity
Colin Samson, A World You Do Not Know: Settler Societies, Indigenous Peoples and the Attack on Cultural Diversity (London: School of Advanced Study, 2013), 270 pp. £20. ISBN 978-0-9575210-0-1.This study of the impact of colonial processes in America...
Boundless Optimism: Richard McBride's British Columbia
Patricia E. Roy, Boundless Optimism: Richard McBride's British Columbia (Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 2012), 428 pp. Cased. $95. ISBN 978-0-7748-2388-3. Paper. $32.95. ISBN 978-0-7748-2389-0.This book is a biography of British Columbia's...
Canada Abroad: An Introduction
The six articles immediately following this introduction are based on papers presented at the 'Canada Abroad' conference held at the Bader International Study Centre, or BISC, at Herstmonceux Castle in Sussex, England, in the summer of 2013. For those...
'Canada Abroad' (at a) Crossroads
'Canada Abroad' crossroadsOur narrative begins in a tiny basement cafeteria in the English Department of Szczecin University in Poland, 29 November 2011. To some it might seem a rather insignificant tale, just as seemingly insignificant as the number...
Canada and Conflict
Patrick James, Canada and Conflict (Don Mills, ON: Oxford University Press Canada, 2012), 160 pp. Paper. $16.95. ISBN 978-0-1954-3220-6.The significance of 9/11 for international politics is hard to overstate: it changed the perceptions of the international...
Canada between Vichy and Free France 1940-1945
Olivier Courteaux, Canada between Vichy and Free France 1940-1945 (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2013), 280 pp. 6 images. Cased. $60. ISBN 978-1-4426-4464-9. Paper. $27.95. ISBN 978-1-4426-1278-5.This interesting book deals with the generally...
Canadians and Their Pasts
Margaret Conrad et al., Canadians and Their Pasts (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2013), 248 pp. Cased. $70. ISBN 978-1-4426-4726-8. Paper. $32.95 ISBN 978-1-4426-1539-7.I offered to review this book because I assumed that I would be given some...
Canadians in Bexhill-on-Sea during the First World War: A Reflection of Canadian Nationhood?
With the centenar y of the beginning of the First World War now upon us, the time is right to reconsider the implications of this conflict for Canada and its surmised contribution to Canada's ascent from Dominion to independent nation-state. Scholarly...
Canadian Social Policy: Issues and Perspectives, 5th Edn
Anne Westhues and Brian Wharf (eds), Canadian Social Policy: Issues and Perspectives, 5th edn (Waterloo, ON: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2012), 456 pp. Paper. $52.95. ISBN 978-1-55458-359-1.This collection employs a broad definition of social policy,...
'Dangers Behind, Pleasures Ahead': British-Canadian Identity and the Evacuation of British Children to Canada during the Second World War
On 25 September 1940, the Toronto newspaper the Telegram ran a photograph of three small children 'taking full advantage of a fine Canadian summer' by wading in a pool as they 'enjoyed the freedom of Withrow Park'. The ten-year-old boy, Alan Stokes,...
Democratizing the Constitution: Reforming Responsible Government
Peter Aucoin, Mark D. Jarvis and Lori Turnbull, Democratizing the Constitution: Reforming Responsible Government (Toronto: Emond Montgomery, 2011), 260 pp. Paper. $34.50. ISBN 978-1-55239-463-2.This meticulous book makes an assertive and forthright case...
Exporting the Clarity Ethos: Canada and the Scottish Independence Referendum
Mr. Speaker, my colleague mentioned a sword of Damocles a few times. Would he not agree that, in 1995, the Parizeau government held a sword of Damocles over Quebeckers' heads? Its question was so ambiguous that, according to polls at the time, 20% to...
From a Politics to a Poetics of Memory: Fracture, Return and Renewal in Robert Lalonde's Sept Lacs Plus Au Nord
Le pas de l'Indien est légerSon empreinte est ineffaçable(Sioui 2004: 107)The Québécois historian and sociologist Gérard Bouchard, who has extensively studied the concepts of the collective imagination and of the emergence of figures and myths in the...
Gaston Miron: La Vie D'un Homme
Pierre Nepveu, Gaston Miron: La vie d'un homme (Montreal: Éditions Boréal, 2011), 904 pp. Cased. $39.95. ISBN 978-2-7646-2103-5. Paper. $22.50. ISBN 978-2-7646-2235-3.Gaston Miron's L'Homme rappaillé is the great prophetic, nationalist and modernist...
Growing Up Canadian: Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists
Peter Beyer and Rubina Ramji, Growing Up Canadian: Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists (Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2013), 360 pp. 17 tables. 3 diagrams. Cased. £69. ISBN 978-0-7735-4137-5. Paper. $34.95. ISBN 978-0-7735-4138-2.This...
Honour
Yuri Dojc and Sharon Henderson, Honour (Mississauga, ON: Chartwell Master Care LP, 2010), 80 pp. Paper (and 47-minute DVD documentary). $10. ISBN 978-0-9781-1551-7.Care homes for the elderly are all too often places where people lose their humanity....
How Agriculture Made Canada: Farming in the Nineteenth Century
Peter A. Russell, How Agriculture Made Canada: Farming in the Nineteenth Century (Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2012), 400 pp. 20 tables. Cased. $100. ISBN 978-0-7735-4064-4. Paper. £22.99. ISBN 978-0-7735-4065-1.This is a collection...
Imagining Resistance: Visual Culture and Activism in Canada
J. Keri Cronin and Kirsty Robertson (eds), Imagining Resistance: Visual Culture and Activism in Canada (Waterloo, ON: Wilfred Laurier University Press, 2011), 294 pp. Paper. $39.95. ISBN 978-1-55458-257-0.Thomas Waugh, Michael Brendan Baker and Ezra...
Inheriting a Canoe Paddle: The Canoe in Discourses of English-Canadian Nationalism
Politics and social sciences Misao Dean, Inheriting a Canoe Paddle: The Canoe in Discourses of English-Canadian Nationalism (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2013), 240 pp. 10 images. Cased. $70. ISBN 978-1-4426-4480-9. Paper. £20.99. ISBN 978-1-4426-1287-7.Misao...
John Buchan: Model Governor General
J. William Galbraith, John Buchan: Model Governor General (Toronto: Dundurn Press, 2013), 544 pp. Cased. £26.99. ISBN 978-1-4597-0937-9.J. William Galbraith has written a masterful biography of one of the most successful governors general to have filled...
Legislated Inequality: Temporary Labour Migration in Canada
Patti Tamara Lenard and Christine Straehle (eds), Legislated Inequality: Temporary Labour Migration in Canada (Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2012), 424 pp. Cased. $100. ISBN 978-0-7735-4041-5. Paper. $34.95. ISBN 978-0-7735-4042-2.In...
Liberal Nationalisms: Empire, State, and Civil Society in Scotland and Quebec
James Kennedy, Liberal Nationalisms: Empire, State, and Civil Society in Scotland and Quebec (Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2013), 336 pp. Cased. £67. ISBN 978-0-7735-3898-6.This book explores the rise of Liberal nationalisms...
Liberty Is Dead: A Canadian in Germany, 1938
Margaret E. Derry (ed.), Liberty Is Dead: A Canadian in Germany, 1938 (Waterloo, ON: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2012), 170 pp. Paper. £20.99. ISBN 978-1-55458-053-8.In this book Margaret E. Derry uses the edited letters and diary of Franklin Wegenast,...
Loyalist Rebellion in New Brunswick: A Defining Conflict for Canada's Political Culture
David Bell, Loyalist Rebellion in New Brunswick: A Defining Conflict for Canada's Political Culture (Halifax, NS: Formac, 2013), 184 pp. Paper. $22.95. ISBN 978-1-4595-0277-2.This book is basically a condensed version of David Bell's Early Loyalist Saint...
Massacre Street
Paul Zits, Massacre Street (Edmonton: University of Alberta Press, 2013), 107 pp. Paper. $19.95. ISBN 978-0-88864-675-0.Paul Zits's remarkable debut volume of poetry concerns the Frog Lake Massacre, which occurred during the Northwest Rebellion of 1885...
Monarchy, Religion and the State: Civil Religion in the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and the Commonwealth
Norman Bonney, Monarchy, Religion and the State: Civil Religion in the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and the Commonwealth (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2013), 240 pp. Cased. £75. ISBN 978-0-7190-8987-9.Philip Murphy, Monarchy and the...
National and Female Identity in Canadian Literature, 1965-1980: The Fiction of Margaret Laurence, Margaret Atwood, and Marian Engel
Cinda Gault, National and Female Identity in Canadian Literature, 1965-1980: The Fiction of Margaret Laurence, Margaret Atwood, and Marian Engel (Lampeter: Edwin Mellen Press, 2012), 332 pp. Paper. $49.95. ISBN 978-0-7734-2622-1.In 1976 the Globe &...
Patrician Liberal: The Public and Private Life of Sir Henri-Gustave Joly De Lotbinière, 1829-1908
J.I. Little, Patrician Liberal: The Public and Private Life of Sir Henri-Gustave Joly de Lotbinière, 1829-1908 (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2013), 400 pp. 27 images. Cased. $90. ISBN 978-1-4426-4699-5. Paper. $37.95. ISBN 978-1-4426-1477-2.In...
Paul-ÉMile Borduas: A Critical Biography
François-Marc Gagnon, Paul-Émile Borduas: A Critical Biography (Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2013), 596 pp. 201 full-colour illustr. Cased. £50. ISBN 978-0-7735-4189-4.It is not at all uncommon for once spurned artists to end...
Producing Canadian Literature: Authors Speak on the Literary Marketplace
Kit Dobson and Smaro Kamboureli, Producing Canadian Literature: Authors Speak on the Literary Marketplace (Waterloo, ON: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2013), 268 pp. Paper. £24.99. ISBN 978-1-55458-355-3.Producing Canadian Literature is a collection...
Racial, Ethnic, Gender and Class Representations in Margaret Laurence's Writings
Andreea Topor-Constantin, Racial, Ethnic, Gender and Class Representations in Margaret Laurence's Writings (Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars, 2013), 276 pp. Cased. £44.99. ISBN 978-1-4438-4746-9.In 1964, with the publication of the book opening...
Rooted Cosmopolitanism: Canada and the World
Will Kymlicka and Kathryn Walker (eds), Rooted Cosmopolitanism: Canada and the World (Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 2012), 252 pp. Cased. $85. ISBN 978-0-7748-2260-2. Paper. $32.95. ISBN 978-0-7748-2261-9.As research into cosmopolitanism...
Secret Service: Political Policing in Canada from the Fenians to Fortress America
Reg Whitaker, Gregory S. Kealey and Andrew Parnaby, Secret Service: Political Policing in Canada from the Fenians to Fortress America (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2012), 720 pp. Cased. $90. ISBN 978-0-8020-0752-0. Paper. $36.95. ISBN 978-0-8020-7801-8.This...
Speaking Up: A History of Language and Politics in Canada and Quebec
Marcel Martel and Martin Pâquet, Speaking Up: A History of Language and Politics in Canada and Quebec (Toronto: Between the Lines Press, 2012), 312 pp. Paper. $29.95. ISBN 978-1-926662-93-0.This book (which is an English translation of a multi-award...
The Colonization of Mi'kmaw Memory and History, 1794-1928: The King V. Gabriel Sylliboy
William C. Wicken, The Colonization of Mi'kmaw Memory and History, 1794-1928: The King v. Gabriel Sylliboy (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2012), 336 pp. Cased. $70. ISBN 978-1-4426-4279-9. Paper. $32.85. ISBN 978-1-4426-1155-9.While few of us...
The Delightful Revolution: Canada's Medical Expedition to Easter Island, 1964-65
Easter Island exists in popular consciousness as a remote island dominated by the enormous statues called Moai, whose ver y existence embodies a sense of mystery. Few people know of the Canadian connection to this far distant Chilean outpost in the South...
The Newfoundland Diaspora: Mapping the Literature of Out-Migration
Jennifer Bowering Delisle, The Newfoundland Diaspora: Mapping the Literature of Out-Migration (Waterloo, ON: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2013), 200 pp. Paper. $42.99. ISBN 978-1-55458-894-7.Within Canadian studies scholarship discussions on Newfoundland...
The Official Picture: The National Film Board of Canada's Still Photography Division and the Image of Canada, 1941-1971
Carol Payne, The Official Picture: The National Film Board of Canada's Still Photography Division and the Image of Canada, 1941-1971 (Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queens University Press, 2013), 264 pp. 124 b&w photos. Cased. £34. ISBN 978-0-7735-4145-0.The...
The Public Intellectual in Canada
Nelson Wiseman (ed.), The Public Intellectual in Canada (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2013), 264 pp. Cased. $70. ISBN 978-1-4426-4526-4. Paper. $29.95. ISBN 978-1-4426-1339-3.The term 'public intellectual' still remains highly contested in the...
The Undiscovered Country: Essays in Canadian Intellectual Culture
Ian Angus, The Undiscovered Country: Essays in Canadian Intellectual Culture (Edmonton: Athabasca University Press, 2013), 294 pp. Paper. $34.95. ISBN 978-1-92735-632-6.Ian Angus's study is a text of three parts, which can each be comfortably read as...
Trans/acting Culture, Writing, and Memory: Essays in Honour of Barbara Godard
Eva C. Karpinski et al. (eds), Trans/acting Culture, Writing, and Memory: Essays in Honour of Barbara Godard (Waterloo, ON: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2013), 394 pp. Paper. £35.99. ISBN 978-1-55458-839-8.Barbara Godard's influence as 'a creator...
We Are Born with the Songs Inside Us: Lives and Stories of First Nations People in British Columbia
Katherine Palmer Gordon, We Are Born with the Songs Inside Us: Lives and Stories of First Nations People in British Columbia (Madeira Park, BC: Harbour Press, 2013), 248 pp. 80 b&w photos. Paper. $24.95. ISBN 978-1-55017-618-6.Evidence from censuses...
What Is Québécois Literature? Reflections on the Literary History of Francophone Writing in Canada
Literature, arts and criticism Rosemary Chapman, What Is Québécois Literature? Reflections on the Literary History of Francophone Writing in Canada (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2013), 224 pp. 25 b&w tables. Cased £70. ISBN 978-1-84631-973-0.Rosemar...
With Friends like These: Entangled Nationalisms in the Canada-Quebec-France Triangle, 1945-1970
History David Meren, With Friends Like These: Entangled Nationalisms in the Canada-Quebec-France Triangle, 1945-1970 (Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 2012), 372 pp. Cased. $90. ISBN 978-0-7748-2224-4. Paper. $34.95. ISBN 978-0-7748-2225-1.Simply...
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