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Placing Memory and Remembering Place in Canada

Places are imagined, made, claimed, fought for and defended, and always in a state of becoming. This important book explores the historical and theoretical relationships among place, community, and public memory across differing chronologies and geographies within twentieth-century Canada. It is a collaborative work that shifts the focus from nation and empire to local places sitting at the intersection of public memory making and identity formation – main streets, city squares and village museums, internment camps, industrial wastelands, and the landscape itself.

With a focus on the materiality of image, text, and artefact, the essays gathered here argue that every act of memory making is simultaneously an act of forgetting; every place memorialized is accompanied by places forgotten.

340 pages

Table of Contents

Introduction: Local Acts of Placing and Remembering / James Opp and John C. Walsh

Part 1: Commemorations: Marking Memories of Place

1 Performing Public Memory and Re-Placing Home in the Ottawa Valley, 1900-58 / John C. Walsh

2 History and the Six Nations: The Dynamics of Commemoration, Colonial Space, and Colonial Knowledge / Cecilia Morgan

3 Edmonton’s Jasper Avenue: Public Ritual, Heritage, and Memory on Main Street / Frances Swyripa

4 The Highland Heart in Nova Scotia: Place and Memory at the Highland Village Museum / Alan Gordon

5 “That Big Statue of Whoever”: Material Commemoration and Narrative in the Niagara Region / Russell Johnston and Michael Ripmeester

Part 2: Inscriptions: Recovering Places of Memory

6 Placing the Displaced Worker: Narrating Place in Deindustrializing Sturgeon Falls, Ontario /Steven High

7 Capital Queers: Social Memory and Queer Place(s) in Cold War Ottawa / Patrizia Gentile

8 Archive and Myth: The Changing Memoryscape of Japanese Canadian Internment Camps / Kirsten Emiko McAllister

9 Immersed: Landscaping the Past at Lake Minnewanka / Matthew Evenden

10 Finding the View: Landscape, Place, and Colour Slide Photography in Southern Alberta / James Opp

Part 3: Afterword

11 Complicating the Picture: Place and Memory between Representation and Reflection / Joan M. Schwartz


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