A Timeless Place: The Ontario Cottage by Julia HarrisonA Timeless Place: The Ontario Cottage by Julia Harrison

A Timeless Place: The Ontario Cottage

byJulia Harrison

Paperback | April 1, 2014

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As Julia Harrison’s first summer living in Ontario approached, she became aware of the culture of the cottage. While friends and family talked of nothing but languid afternoons on the dock and bartered for as many lakeside days as possible, Harrison marveled at the less attractive components of cottage life: the clogged highways en route and the unrelenting investment of money and labour that the idyllic escapes demanded.

Curious about the rich and passionate meaning these places seemed to hold, Harrison studied cottagers in the Haliburton region over the course of seven years. Based on this trove of fascinating interviews, A Timeless Place is an exploration of a site of personal, social, cultural, and even moral significance.

Thoughtfully and engagingly written, A Timeless Place considers the cottage family as a place where memories are treasured, national identity is celebrated, spiritual balance is restored, and even a few dark secrets are kept.

Julia Harrison is a professor of anthropology at Trent University and author of Being a Tourist: Finding Meaning in Pleasure Travel (UBC Press, 2002).
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Title:A Timeless Place: The Ontario CottageFormat:PaperbackDimensions:308 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.74 inPublished:April 1, 2014Publisher:Ubc PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0774826088

ISBN - 13:9780774826082

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Table of Contents

1 An Introduction to the Cottage

2 The Cottage: A Special Place

3 Community, Nature, Modernity, and Nationalism at the Cottage

4 Time and Order at the Cottage

5 The Cottage Body

6 Family at the Cottage

7 Gender at the Cottage

8 Privilege at the Cottage

Notes

References

Index

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As Julia Harrison’s first summer of living in Ontario approached, she became aware of the culture of the cottage. Friends talked of nothing but languid afternoons on the dock, but Harrison marveled at the investment of money and labour that the idyllic escapes demanded. Curious about the rich and passionate meaning these places seemed to hold, she studied cottagers in the Haliburton region over the course of seven years. Thoughtfully and engagingly written, A Timeless Place considers the family cottage as a place where memories are treasured, national identity is celebrated, spiritual balance is restored, and a few dark secrets are kept.An entertaining, well-written, accessible book that explores the iconic status “the cottage” holds in the imagination of many. Basing her work on extended interviews with cottagers, Julia Harrison finds the cottage to be an archive of memory as well as a project to recover idealized childhoods of innocence, health, and connection to imagined nature. A Timeless Place will be read widely. - Sally Cole, co-author of Rainy River Lives: Stories Told by Maggie Wilson