Journal of Canadian Studies

Journal of Canadian Studies is an academic journal focusing on Canadian Studies

Articles from Vol. 34, No. 4, Winter

A Legacy of Ambivalence: Responses to Nellie McClung
Almost 50 years after her death, scholars disagree quite markedly on the meaning and significance of Nellie McClung's legacy. Responses to her beliefs and writing range from reverence to opprobrium. In contending that the starkly contrasting assessments...
Canada's Fate: Principal Grant, Sir George Parkin and George Grant
In Lament for a Nation (1965), George Parkin Grant says that his lament for the disappearance of Canada as a sovereign country was "a celebration of memory," in particular "the memory of that tenous hope that was the principle of my ancestors." This...
[Free Books for All: The Public Library Movement in Ontario, 1850-1930]
Free Books for All: The Public Library Movement in Ontario, 1850-1930. Lorne Bruce. Toronto: Dundurn Press, 1994.The primary aim of the University of Toronto Press's Ontario Historical Studies Series (1971-1993) was to "describe and analyse the historical...
Intuitive Nationalist Walter Gordon as Thinker
This article examines Walter Gordon's influence on Canadian political thought, particularly, his ideas about Canada's economic relations with the United States. It argues that Gordon lacked understanding of the international economic issues that were...
[Inventing the Loyalists: The Ontario Loyalist Tradition & the Creation of Usable Pasts]
Inventing the Loyalists: The Ontario Loyalist Tradition and the Creation of Usable Pasts. Norman Knowles. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1997.The primary aim of the University of Toronto Press's Ontario Historical Studies Series (1971-1993) was...
[Looking for Old Ontario: Two Centuries of Landscape Change]
Looking for Old Ontario: Two Centuries of Landscape Change. Thomas F. McIlwraith. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1997.The primary aim of the University of Toronto Press's Ontario Historical Studies Series (1971-1993) was to "describe and analyse...
Mourning Becomes Margaret: Laurence's Farewell to Fiction
Margaret Laurence (1926-1987) composed Dance on the Earth: A Memoir (1989) as a tribute to her mothers and a celebration of "the female principle in the Holy Spirit." Laurence's copious holograph notes and drafts show that she used "Dance on the Earth"...
[Ninety Fathoms Down: Canadian Stories of the Great Lakes]
Ninety Fathoms Down: Canadian Stories of the Great Lakes. Mark Bourrie. Toronto: Hounslow Press, 1995.The primary aim of the University of Toronto Press's Ontario Historical Studies Series (1971-1993) was to "describe and analyse the historical development...
Northrop Frye: Liberal Humanism and the Critique of Ideology
Despite Northrop Frye's expressed desire to contribute to the discussion, within a very broad constituency of educated citizens, of fundamental socio-political issues such as societal cohesion amid cultural diversity, the validation of structures of...
"Nothing by Halves": F.R. Scott
F.R. Scott (1899-1985) Canadian poet, political catalyst and professor of law was, above all, a specialist on the BNA Act. This paper, drawing upon unpublished diaries, papers and personal interviews, reviews Scott's poetry socialist politics and his...
Ontario-Yours to Discover
Looking for Old Ontario: Two Centuries of Landscape Change. Thomas F. McIlwraith. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1997. Ninety Fathoms Down: Canadian Stories of the Great Lakes. Mark Bourrie. Toronto: Hounslow Press, 1995. Free Books for All. The...
[Property & Inequality in Victorian Ontario: Structural Patterns & Cultural Communities in the 1871 Census]
Property and Inequality in Victorian Ontario: Structural Patterns and Cultural Communities in the 1871 Census. Gordon Darroch and Lee Soltow. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1994.The primary aim of the University of Toronto Press's Ontario Historical...
[Public Men & Virtuous Women: The Gendered Languages of Religion & Politics in Upper Canada, 1791-1850]
Public Men and Virtuous Women: The Gendered Language of Religion and Politics in Upper Canada, 1791-1850. Cecilia Morgan. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1996.The primary aim of the University of Toronto Press's Ontario Historical Studies Series...
The Poetic Frye
This essay surveys the major achievements and world-wide acclaim that give substance to Northrop Frye's reputation as one of the most influential Canadians of the twentieth century. It points out, however, that Frye did not succeed in his project to...
The Poetic Fyre
This essay surveys the major achievements and world-wide acclaim that give substance to Northrop Frye's reputation as one of the most influential Canadians of the twentieth century. It points out, however, that Frye did not succeed in his project to...
Writing Public Philosophy: Canada's Royal Commissions on Everything
This article explores the contributions to Canadian policy development and policy thought of three royal commissions of political-economic inquiry: the 1940 Royal Commission on Dominion-Provincial Relations; the 1958 Royal Commission on Canada's Economic...