When Vincent Massey wrote On Being Canadian in 1948, he acknowledged the importance of the arts to education and citizenship. He did not consider what the arts can tell us about being Canadian or about being ourselves. In On the Art of Being Canadian, Sherrill Grace traces how painters, writers, and filmmakers have shaped Canadian identity in three fields of representation that are staples in Canadian culture – the North, iconic national figures, and war. By telling stories in their chosen medium and genre about life here or about events and figures from the past, she shows that artists help us to understand the Canadian landscape and to create a shared history.
|Publisher:||University of Washington Press|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
Table of Contents
IllustrationsAcknowledgmentsIntroduction: On Being Canadian1. Creating a Northern Nation2. Theatres of War: Battle Fronts and Home Fronts3. Inventing Iconic FiguresEpilogue: Listening for the Heartbeat of a CountryNotesBibliographyIndex
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Through the prisms of space (the North), time (the Wars), and people (National Icons), Sherrill Grace brilliantly and compellingly demonstrates that Canadian art has not only reflected but also created the Canadian experience. On the Art of Being Canadian is an accessible and powerful articulation of Sherrill Grace's commanding interdisciplinary understanding of Canada.
Rather than re-visiting the old conundrum of What is a Canadian? Sherrill Grace asks the infinitely more complex and compelling question, 'What is the process of being Canadian?'.. This passionate and evocative study teaches us how to enjoy the cold, how to vanish, and how to celebrate our elusive state of being in the magnificent imaginative construct we call Canada.