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A History of Canadian Culture

A History of Canadian Culture

by Jonathan F. Vance
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ISBN-13: 9780195444223
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 01/17/2011
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 512
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Jonathan F. Vance holds the Canada Research Chair in Conflict and Culture in the Department of History at The University of Western Ontario. His books include Unlikely Soldiers: How Two Canadians Fought the Secret War Against Nazi Occupation (2008), Building Canada: People and Projects that Shaped the Nation (2006), and High Flight: Aviation and the Canadian Imagination (2002). His 1997 monograph Death So Noble: Memory, Meaning, and the First World War won the Sir John A. Macdonald Prize, the C. P. Stacey Award, and the Dafoe Book Prize.

Table of Contents

1. The First Artists
2. The Meeting and Mingling of Cultures
3. Colonial Societies
4. Common Showmen and Mountebanks
5. Culture on the Frontier
6. The Dream of Useful Knowledge
7. 'Streaks on the Horizon'
8. Importing Culture
9. Exporting Culture
10. The First World War
11. The New Parliament of Art
12. Patron Saints of Culture
13. The Second World War
14. Government Patronage
15. The Cultural Flowering
16. The Regulatory State
17. Towards the Future

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A History of Canadian Culture 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
bruchu on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A History of The Arts I was a little confused when I first started reading this book as I was expecting more of a cultural studies analysis of Canadian Culture. Instead, the book is a historical narrative of the arts in Canada, from pre-contact Aboriginal art to the present day.I appreciated Vance's attempt at comprehensiveness, to create a long continuous narrative of the arts in Canada. However, in doing so, there are parts of the book that appear glossed over and over-simplified -- a consequence of trying to cover everything. For example, the sections on cultural nationalism resulting from state patronage, art as propaganda, are not fully explored in my opinion.Since most of the major cultural theories and movements are only superficially discussed, I don't think this book will interest anyone studying cultural studies. Therefore, the book functions more as a survey and overview text of the arts in Canada.