A History of Canadian Culture

Paperback | January 15, 2011

byJonathan F. Vance

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From Dorset sculpture to the Barenaked Ladies, award-winning historian Jonathan F. Vance reveals a storyteller's ear for narrative. In a country this diverse, 'culture' has different meanings. Vance tells a story from the wind-swept Arctic where a stranded Innu woman, fighting to survive, took the time to decorate her clothing with rich designs. A British explorer was amazed at her efforts, but Vance reminds us of theinseparable connection between life and art in Inuit culture (the Innu word for 'breathe' also means 'to make poetry,' and both derive from the word for 'the soul'). No surprise that Aboriginal culture began to change irrevocably with the arrival of more Europeans (who brought their own ideas aboutculture). But that is another tale in Vance's fascinating History.Vance considers a range of key topics. Where, for example, is the divide between 'culture' and mass entertainment? He also considers how the hot-button issues of Canadian culture - government funding for the arts, the cultural brain drain, the drive to preserve distinctly Canadian forms ofexpression, concerns over copyright protection, the economic impact of cultural industries - can be traced back to previous centuries. And he shines new light on other key areas, such as the unique culture of Quebec and the CBC.stronga href="http://www.oupcanada.com/History_of_Canadian_Culture/" Click here to visit emA History of Canadian Culture/em's mini-site/a/strong

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From Dorset sculpture to the Barenaked Ladies, award-winning historian Jonathan F. Vance reveals a storyteller's ear for narrative. In a country this diverse, 'culture' has different meanings. Vance tells a story from the wind-swept Arctic where a stranded Innu woman, fighting to survive, took the time to decorate her clothing with ric...

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: A...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:512 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.04 inPublished:January 15, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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AcknowledgementsIntroduction1. The First Artists2. The Meeting and Mingling of Cultures3. Colonial Societies4. Common Showmen and Mountebanks5. Culture on the Frontier6. The Dream of Useful Knowledge7. 'Streaks on the Horizon'8. Importing Culture9. Exporting Culture10. The First World War11. The New Parliament of Art12. Patron Saints of Culture13. The Second World War14. Government Patronage15. The Cultural Flowering16. The Regulatory State17. Towards the FutureConclusionEndnotesPicture AcknowledgementsIndex