The Force of Culture: Vincent Massey and Canadian Sovereignty

By Potter, Simon J. | British Journal of Canadian Studies, September 2005 | Go to article overview

The Force of Culture: Vincent Massey and Canadian Sovereignty


Potter, Simon J., British Journal of Canadian Studies


Karen A. Finlay, The Force of Culture: Vincent Massey and Canadian Sovereignty (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2004), 334 + xv pp. Cloth. $65. £42. ISBN 0-8020-3624-4.

This interesting study in Canadian cultural history examines the career of Vincent Massey, using a biographical angle of vision to survey a number of wider themes. Finlay examines the impact of Massey's Methodist upbringing, of his travels in Britain and elsewhere, and of his friendship with Canadian artists such as Lawren Harris, on the man's ideas and attitudes towards art, literature, drama, and the media. A wide range of primary sources, drawn from archives in Canada and Britain, are used to illuminate how Massey's views shifted over time. He eventually saw the arts as a means to strengthen and disseminate a sense of Canadian nationality, particularly in the inter-war years. This proved to be of wider significance as Massey undertook numerous commitments as a patron of culture in Canada, as a representative of Canada in London, and ultimately as chairman of the Royal Commission on National Development in the Arts, Letters and Sciences. The Massey Report, produced by this body in 1951, summarised the conclusions of an individual who played a role in the formation of both the CBC and the Canada Council.

Finlay's study offers a wealth of detail on a number of previously obscure Canadian cultural institutions, and sheds new light on issues such as Massey's friendship with Harris. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

The Force of Culture: Vincent Massey and Canadian Sovereignty
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Author Advanced search

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.