Covering Niagara: Studies in Local Popular Culture [NOOK Book]

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Covering Niagara: Studies in Local Popular Culture closely examines some of the myriad forms of popular culture in the Niagara region of Canada. Essays consider common assumptions and definitions of what popular culture is and seek to determine whether broad theories of popular culture can explain or make sense of localized instances of popular culture and the cultural experiences of people in their daily lives.

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Overview

Covering Niagara: Studies in Local Popular Culture closely examines some of the myriad forms of popular culture in the Niagara region of Canada. Essays consider common assumptions and definitions of what popular culture is and seek to determine whether broad theories of popular culture can explain or make sense of localized instances of popular culture and the cultural experiences of people in their daily lives.

Among the many topics covered are local bicycle parades and war memorials, cooking and wine culture, radio and movie-going, music stores and music scenes, tourist sites, and blackface minstrel shows. The authors approach their subjects from a variety of critical and historical perspectives and employ a range of methodologies that includes cultural studies, textual analysis, archival research, and participant interviews. Altogether, Covering Niagara provides a richly diverse mapping of the popular culture of a particular area of Canada and demonstrates the complexities of everyday culture.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554587605
  • Publisher: Wilfrid Laurier University Press
  • Publication date: 7/3/2010
  • Series: Cultural Studies Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 408
  • File size: 8 MB

Meet the Author

Joan Nicks is an adjunct professor in the Department of Communication, Popular Culture and Film at Brock University. She is co-editor with Jeannette Sloniowski of Slippery Pastimes: Reading the Popular in Canadian Culture (WLU Press, 2002). Her writing on film and popular culture has appeared in Candid Eyes: Essays on Canadian Documentaries (2003), Gendering the Nation: Canadian Women’s Cinema (1999), Documenting the Documentary: Close Readings of Documentary Film and Video (1998), and various journals.

Barry Keith Grant is a professor of film studies and popular culture at Brock University. He is the author or editor of twenty books, including 100 Documentary Films (with Jim Hillier, 2009), Auteurs and Authorship: A Film Reader (2007), Film Genre: Film Iconography to Ideology (2007), Film Genre Reader (2003) and The Dread of Difference: Gender and the Horror Film (1996), and his work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. He edits the Contemporary Approaches to Film and Television series for Wayne State University Press and the New Approaches to Film Genre series for Wiley Blackwell.

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Table of Contents

Maps: Niagara Region, Niagara Urban Areas, Niagara Wine Route ix

Foreword: Reflections on Everyday Life in Niagara Geoff Pevere xiii

Acknowledgements xvii

Introduction xxi

Part I Public Showings

Polite Athletics and Bourgeois Gaieties: Toronto Society in Late Victorian Niagara-on-the-Lake Phillip Gordon Mackintosh 3

A Promise Set in Stone: St. Catharines Honours a Common Soldier Russell Johnston Michael Ripmeester 25

Niagara Falls Indian Village: Popular Productions of Cultural Difference Marian Bredin 45

Part II Movies and Media

Early Movie-Going in Niagara: From Itinerant Shows to Local Institutions, 1896-1910 Paul S. Moore 69

"Hollywoodization," Gender, and the Local Press in the 1920s: The Case of Niagara Falls, Ontario Jeannette Sloniowski Joan Nicks 93

Where Is the Local in Local Radio?: The Changing Shape of Radio Programming in St. Catharines Laura Wiebe Taylor 119

Part III Food and Drink

Frolics with Food: The Frugal Housewife's Manual by "A.B. of Grimsby" Fiona Lucas Mary E. Williamson 147

"A Little More Than a Drink": Public Drinking and Popular Entertainment in Post-Prohibition Niagara, 1927-1944 Dan Malleck 169

Niagara's Emerging Wine Culture: From a Countryside of Production to Consumption Hugh Gayler 195

Part IV Local Connections

"Kenny-ing": Kenny Wheeler and Local Jazz Terrance Cox 215

The Music Store as a Community Resource Nick Baxter-Moore 237

Back to Our Roots: How Niagara Artists Centre Became Popular Again Roslyn Costanzo 263

Part V Borderline Matters

Entertaining Niagara Falls: Minstrel Shows, Theatres, and Popular Pleasures Joan Nicks Jeannette Sloniowski 285

Electricity from Niagara Falls: Popularization of Modern Technology for Domestic Use Norman Ball 311

Weaving Local Identity: The Niagara Region Tartan and the Invention of Tradition Greg Gillespie 337

Contributors 353

Index 357

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