On the Art of Being CanadianBook - 2009
When Vincent Massey wrote On Being Canadian in 1948, he acknowledged the importance of the arts to education and citizenship. He did not consider what the arts can tell us about being Canadian or about being ourselves. In On the Art of Being Canadian, Sherrill Grace traces how painters, writers, and filmmakers have shaped Canadian identity in three fields of representation that are staples in Canadian culture – the North, iconic national figures, and war. By telling stories in their chosen medium and genre about life here or about events and figures from the past, she shows that artists help us to understand the Canadian landscape and to create a shared history.
Grace (English, U. of British Columbia, Canada) considers how the arts in Canada reflect and shape Canadian identity, looking at painting, fiction, poetry, drama, and film and how artists have contributed to themes that commemorate Canadian culture through representations of the North, war, and national icons like Louis Riel, Emily Carr, Tom Thomson, and Mina Hubbard. Colorplates of works are included. The book is based on lectures she gave in 2005 while she was the McLean Chair in Canadian Studies at the U. of British Columbia. Distributed by UTP Distribution. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)