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Creative subversions : whiteness, indigeneity and the national imaginary

Author: Margot Francis
Publisher: Vancouver : UBC Press, [2011]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In this richly illustrated book, Margot Francis explores how whiteness and indigeneity are articulated through four icons of Canadian identity--the beaver, the railway, the wilderness of Banff National Park, and 'Indianness'--and the contradictory and contested meanings they evoke. These seemingly benign, even kitschy, images, she argues, are haunted by ideas about race, masculinity, and sexuality that circulated  Read more...
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Genre/Form: In art
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Margot Francis
ISBN: 9780774820257 077482025X 9780774820264 0774820268
OCLC Number: 744332340
Description: xvii, 224 pages, 8 pages of plates : illustrations (some color), color map, portraits ; 24 cm
Contents: 1 Introduction: "Ghosts Trying to Find Their Clothes" --
2 The Strange Career of the Beaver: Anthropomorphic Discourse and Imperial History --
3 Things Not Named: Bachelors, Dirty Laundry, and the Canadian Pacific Railway --
4 Banff National Park: Rangers on the Mountain Frontier --
5 Playing Indian: Indigenous Responses to "Indianness" --
6 Conclusion: Living in "Haunted Places."
Responsibility: Margot Francis.

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This book explores how whiteness and Indigeneity are articulated through commonplace symbols of Canadian identity and how the work of contemporary artists is subverting these nostalgic accounts of  Read more...

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