In this richly illustrated book, Margot Francis explores how whiteness and Indigeneity are articulated through four icons of Canadian identity -- the beaver, the railway, the wilderness of Banff National Park, and “Indianness” -- and the contradictory and contested meanings they evoke. These seemingly benign, even kitschy, images, she argues, are haunted by ideas about race, masculinity, and sexuality that circulated during the formative years of Anglo-Canadian nationhood. Juxtaposing these nostalgic images with the work of contemporary Canadian artists, she investigates how everyday objects can be re-imagined to challenge ideas about history, memory, and national identity.
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|Publisher:||University of British Columbia Press|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
Margot Francis is an associate professor ofwomen's studies and sociology at Brock University.
Table of Contents
1 Introduction: "Ghosts Trying to Find Their Clothes"
2 The Strange Career of the Beaver: Anthropomorphic Discourse and Imperial History
3 Things Not Named: Bachelors, Dirty Laundry, and the Canadian Pacific Railway
4 Exploring Banff National Park: Rangers on the Mountain Frontier
5 Playing Indian: Indigenous Responses to Indianness
6 Conclusion: Living in “Haunted Places”
What People are Saying About This
"This book is both timely and of broad appeal. Its exploration of artistic forms that speak back to and re-flesh cultures rendered into ghosts makes a significant addition to the debate on Canadian national memory and identity."Beverley Haun, author of Inventing 'Easter Island'
This book is both timely and of broad appeal. Its exploration of artistic forms that speak back to and re-flesh cultures rendered into ghosts makes a significant addition to the debate on Canadian national memory and identity.