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Painting the Maple

Essays on Race, Gender, and the Construction of Canada

Distributed for University of British Columbia Press

Painting the Maple

Essays on Race, Gender, and the Construction of Canada

Painting the Maple explores the critical interplay of race and gender in shaping Canadian culture, history, politics and health care. These interdisciplinary essays draw on feminist, postcolonial, and critical theory in a wide-ranging discussion that encompasses both high and popular forms of culture, the deliberation of policy and its execution, and social movements as well as individual authors and texts. The contributors establish connections among discourses of race, gender, and nation-building that have conditioned the formation of Canada for more than one hundred years. At times provocative, Painting the Maple illuminates the challenges that lie ahead for all Canadians who aspire to create a better future in a reimagined nation.


296 pages


Table of Contents

Constructing Canada: An Introduction by Sherrill Grace, Veronica Strong-Boag, Avigail Eisenberg, and Joan Anderson Methodology on the Line: Constructing Meanings about ’Cultural Difference’ by Isabel Dyck Domination and Political Representation by Avigail Eisenberg On the Outskirts of Empire: Race and Gender in Canadian TV News by Yasmin Jiwani Keeping ’em Out: Gender, Race, and Class Biases in Canadian Immigration Policy by Yasmeen Abu-Laban Documenting Racisim: Sharon Pollock’s The Komagata Maru Incident by Sherrill Grace and Gabriele Helms Re-Constructing Canadian Literature: The Role of Race and Gender by Christyl Verduyn ’In Another Place, Not Here’: Dionne Brand’s Politics of (Dis)Location by Peter Dickinson ’Red Girl’s Reasoning’: E. Pauline Johnson Constructs the New Nation by Veronica Strong-Boag Encountering Anomalies: A Cultural Study of Chinese Migrants to Early Canada by Lisa Chalykoff The Mountie and the Nurse: Cross-Cultural Relations North of 60 by Linda Warley A Lesbian Politics of Erotic Decolonization by Becki Ross Hegemonic Nationalism and the Politics of Feminism and Multiculturalism in Canada by Jo-Ann Lee and Linda Cardinal Constructing Canada: The Gendering and Racializing of the Health Care System by Joan Anderson and Sheryl Kirkham Building Transdisciplinary Standpoints: An Integrative Bibliography by Gabriele Helms, Matt James, and Patricia Rodney

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