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Landscapes and Landmarks of Canada

Real, Imagined, (Re)Viewed

Edited by Caitríona Ní Chasaide, Jane Koustas, Maeve Conrick, and Munroe Eagles
Subjects Cultural Studies
Series Cultural Studies Hide Details
Paperback : 9781771122016, 296 pages, March 2017
Ebook (EPUB) : 9781771122030, 296 pages, March 2017

Table of contents

Landscapes and Landmarks of Canada: Real, Imagined, (Re)Viewed
1. Canada: Islands, Landscapes,
and Landmarks / Stephen A. Royle
2. Science at Service of
Sublime Landscapes: Scientific Ecology and the Preservation of Canada’s
Wilderness Landmarks in 1970s Quebec / Olivier Craig-Dupont
3. Patriotisms of the People:
Understanding the Highway of Heroes as a Canadian National Landmark / Tracey
4. Material Differences: Ethnic
Identity and the Power of Things in Greater Sudbury / Tim Nieguth
5.  “Our Home and Native
Land”: Invocations of the Land in the 2011 Canadian Federal Election / Shauna
6. Memorializing an Imagined
Past: Evangeline and the Acadian Deportation / Jane Moss
7. Time and Space in the
Nationalism of Thomas D'Arcy McGee / David A. Wilson
8. Contesting Historical
Space: The Campaign to Have Grosse Île Designated a National Historic Site with
the Irish Dimension as Its Main Theme | Pádraig Breandán Ó Laighin
9. Environmental Exposure: Two
films “de légitime défense”: Richard Desjardins and Robert Monderie: L’erreur
boréale / Forest Alert (1999) and Trou Story / The Hole Story (2011)
/ Rachel Killick
10. Postcolonial
Territorial Landmarks within Canada’s Multiculturalism: The Myth of
Virility / Édith-Anne Pageot
11. Mapping the Migrant
Experience in the Works of Gabrielle Roy / Julie Rodgers
12. The Green Fields of Canada
- Forgotten! A Reappraisal of Irish traditional Music History in Canada /
Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin
13. The Contemporary Powwow in Eastern Canada: A Practice of Gathering /
Dalie Giroux and Amélie-Anne Mailhot


The image of the “land” is an ongoing trope in conceptions of Canada—from the national anthem and the flag to the symbols on coins—the land and nature remain linked to the Canadian sense of belonging and to the image of the nation abroad. Linguistic landscapes reflect the multi-faceted identities and cultural richness of the nations. Earlier portrayals of the land focused on unspoiled landscape, depicted in the paintings of the Group of Seven, for example. Contemporary notions of identity, belonging, and citizenship are established, contested, and legitimized within sites and institutions of public culture, heritage, and representation that reflect integration with the land, transforming landscape into landmarks. The Highway of Heroes originating at Canadian Forces Base Trenton in Ontario and Grosse Île and the Irish Memorial National Historic Site in Québec are examples of landmarks that transform landscape into a built environment that endeavours to respect the land while using it as a site to commemorate, celebrate, and promote Canadian identity. Similarly in literature and the arts, the creation of the built environment and the interaction among those who share it is a recurrent theme.
This collection includes essays by Canadian and international scholars whose engagement with the theme stems from their disciplinary perspectives as well as from their personal and professional experience—rooted, at least partially, in their own sense of national identity and in their relationship to Canada.