Painting the Maple explores the critical interplay of raceand gender in shaping Canadian culture, history, politics and healthcare. These interdisciplinary essays draw on feminist, postcolonial,and critical theory in a wide-ranging discussion that encompasses bothhigh and popular forms of culture, the deliberation of policy and itsexecution, and social movements as well as individual authors andtexts.
The contributors, who come from many fields, establish connectionsamong discourses of race, gender, and nation-building that haveconditioned the formation of Canada for more than one hundred years.They analyze ways in which these elements have participated in andcontributed to exclusionary practices and policies, such asmarginalization of women and racialized groups. Together, their essayspaint a picture of a nation that privileges whiteness, masculinity, andChristianity.
This book gathers many insights on the construction of Canada,hitherto scattered in the literature. It will be of interest tofeminist scholars and others concerned with issues of race and gender.At times provocative, Painting the Maple illuminates thechallenges that lie ahead for all Canadians who aspire to create abetter future in a reimagined nation.
Veronica Strong-Boag, Sherrill Grace, AvigailEisenberg, and Joan Anderson are professorsat the University of British Columbia in the Departments of Educationand Women's Studies, English, Political Science, and Nursing,respectively.
Constructing Canada: An Introduction by Sherrill Grace, Veronica Strong-Boag, Avigail Eisenberg, and Joan AndersonMethodology on the Line: Constructing Meanings about 'Cultural Difference' by Isabel DyckDomination and Political Representation by Avigail EisenbergOn the Outskirts of Empire: Race and Gender in Canadian TV News by Yasmin JiwaniKeeping 'em Out: Gender, Race, and Class Biases in Canadian Immigration Policy by Yasmeen Abu-LabanDocumenting Racisim: Sharon Pollock's The Komagata Maru Incident by Sherrill Grace and Gabriele HelmsRe-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-BoagEncountering Anomalies: A Cultural Study of Chinese Migrants to Early Canada by Lisa ChalykoffThe Mountie and the Nurse: Cross-Cultural Relations North of 60 by Linda WarleyA Lesbian Politics of Erotic Decolonization by Becki RossHegemonic Nationalism and the Politics of Feminism and Multiculturalism in Canada by Jo-Ann Lee and Linda CardinalConstructing Canada: The Gendering and Racializing of the Health Care System by Joan Anderson and Sheryl KirkhamBuilding Transdisciplinary Standpoints: An Integrative Bibliography by Gabriele Helms, Matt James, and Patricia Rodney