The Mountie from Dime Novel to Disney

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Historian Michael Dawson digs deep into the written and pictorial record to reveal how the RCMP, since its inception, has constructed and zealously guarded its public image. Drawing on previously untapped sources, Dawson documents how consultants and entrepreneurs deliberately transformed and modernized the traditional symbolism of the Mountie. His trenchant analysis extends to the ironies of the recent licensing of the hallowed Mountie image to the ultimate ...
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Overview

Historian Michael Dawson digs deep into the written and pictorial record to reveal how the RCMP, since its inception, has constructed and zealously guarded its public image. Drawing on previously untapped sources, Dawson documents how consultants and entrepreneurs deliberately transformed and modernized the traditional symbolism of the Mountie. His trenchant analysis extends to the ironies of the recent licensing of the hallowed Mountie image to the ultimate dream-merchants—Disney.
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"A fascinating account of the Mountie's history as national symbol."
-- Geoff Pevere, Canadian Dimension
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781896357164
  • Publisher: Between the Lines
  • Publication date: 4/30/1998
  • Pages: 250
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Dawson is a professor of history at St. Thomas University in Fredericton, New Brunswick.
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Table of Contents


Preface

One Introduction: Of Mice, Mounties, and Historical Magic

Two Fiction and Film: The Mountie as Antimodern Crusader, 1880—1960

Three The Mountie and the Culture of Consumption, 1930—70

Four A Moment of High Nationalism (and Tension), 1968—73

Five Embracing Modernity, Liberalizing the Past: The 1973 Centennial Celebrations

Six Upholding the Image, Maintaining the Rights: The Mountie Enters the World of Postmodernity, 1973—97

Seven Conclusion: Re-Mounting the Force for the Twenty-First Century

Notes

Index

About the Author

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