Gendering the Nation: Canadian Womens Cinema by Kay Armatage

Gendering the Nation: Canadian Womens Cinema

EditorKay Armatage, Kass Banning, Brenda Longfellow


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Since Nell Shipman wrote and starred in Back to God's Country (1919), Canadian women have been making films. The accolades given to film-makers such as Patricia Rozema (I've Heard the Mermaids Singing, When Night is Falling), Alanis Obomsawin (Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance), and Micheline Lanctôt (Deux actrices) at festivals throughout the world in recent years attest to the growing international recognition for films made by Canadian women. With Gendering the Nation the editors have produced a definitive collection of essays, both original and previously published, that address the impact and influence of a century of women's film-making in Canada. In dialogue with new paradigms for understanding the relationship of cinema with nation and gender, Gendering the Nation seeks to situate women's cinema through the complex optic of national culture. This collection of critical essays employs a variety of frameworks to analyse cinematic practices that range from narrative to documentary to the avant-garde.

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Kay Armatage is Chair, Graduate Programme in Women's Studies, University of Toronto.Kass Banning teaches Cinema Studies at the University of Toronto.Brenda Longfellow is a filmmaker and an associate professor at Atkinson College, York University.Janine Marchessault is an associate professor and Canada Research Chair in Art, Digital Med...

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Title:Gendering the Nation: Canadian Womens CinemaFormat:HardcoverDimensions:350 pages, 9.22 × 6.24 × 1.14 inPublisher:University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing DivisionLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0802041205

ISBN - 13:9780802041203

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Canadian women have played a major role in their country’s film industry. Gendering the Nation is a collection of essays addressing the impact and influence of a century of women’s filmmaking in Canada. It examines such directors as Patricia Rozema and her powerful film I’ve Heard the Mermaids Singing, Alanis Obomsawin and Walker and Micheline Lanctot’s Deux Actrices.

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'This is the most refreshing and most useful - quite simply the best - book on Canadian cinemas of the last decade. At last gender is consolidated as the central issue in questions of nationality and culture, and in a way that enriches, problematizes and expands the entire field far beyond currently existing canons. Gendering the Nation offers a wealth of perspectives by leading Canadian film scholars and by those who clearly soon will be.' - Thomas Waugh, Professor of Film Studies, Concordia University, and author of the forthcoming The Fruit Machine: Twenty Years of Writings on Queer Cinema