Material Cultures in Canada
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$42.99 Paper, 325 pp.
Release Date: Forthcoming
Material Cultures in Canada presents the vibrant and diverse field of material culture studies in Canadian literary, artistic, and political contexts today. The first of its kind, this collection features sixteen essays by leading scholars in Canada, each of whom examines a different object of study, including the beaver, geraniums, comics, water, a musical playlist, and the human body.
The book’s three sections focus, in turn, on objects that are persistently material, on things whose materiality blends into the immaterial, and on the materials of spaces. Contributors highlight some of the most exciting new developments in the field, such as the emergence of “new materialism,” affect theory, globalization studies, and environmental criticism. Although the book has a Canadian centre, the majority of its contributors consider objects that cross borders or otherwise resist national affiliation.
This collection will be valuable to readers within and outside of Canada who are interested in material culture studies and, in addition, will appeal to anyone interested in the central debates taking place in Canadian political and cultural life today, such as climate change, citizenship, shifts in urban and small-town life, and the persistence of imperialism.
Thomas Allen is an associate professor of English at the University of Ottawa. He is the author of A Republic in Time: Temporality and Social Imagination in Nineteenth-Century America (2008). His research concerns the cultural history of time, especially in relation to material culture.
A specialist in Canadian literature, Jennifer Blair teaches in the Department of English at the University of Ottawa. Her research focuses on early Canadian literature, with a special interest in architecture and the circulation of information in colonial Canada. She has published essays in Studies in Canadian Literature, English Studies in Canada, and Feminist Media Studies.