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
The contributors, who come from many fields, establish connections
among discourses of race, gender, and nation-building that have
conditioned the formation of Canada for more than one hundred years.
They analyze ways in which these elements have participated in and
contributed to exclusionary practices and policies, such as
marginalization of women and racialized groups. Together, their essays
paint a picture of a nation that privileges whiteness, masculinity, and
This book gathers many insights on the construction of Canada,
hitherto scattered in the literature. It will be of interest to
feminist scholars and others concerned with issues of race and gender.
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.
Veronica Strong-Boag, Sherrill Grace, Avigail Eisenberg, and Joan Anderson are professors at the University of British Columbia in the Departments of Education and Women's Studies, English, Political Science, and Nursing, respectively.
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