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Creative Subversions: Whiteness, Indigeneity, and the National Imaginary

Creative Subversions: Whiteness, Indigeneity, and the National Imaginary

by Margot Francis

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Overview

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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ISBN-13: 9780774820264
Publisher: University of British Columbia Press
Publication date: 07/17/2012
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 288
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

Preface

Acknowledgments

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”

Notes

Bibliography

Index

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From the Publisher

"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'

Beverley Haun

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.

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