Settling and Unsettling Memories: Essays in Canadian Public History

Edited by Nicole Neatby and Peter Hodgins

© 2011

Settling and Unsettling Memories analyses the ways in which Canadians over the past century have narrated the story of their past in books, films, works of art, commemorative ceremonies, and online. This cohesive collection introduces readers to overarching themes of Canadian memory studies and brings them up-to-date on the latest advances in the field.

With increasing debates surrounding how societies should publicly commemorate events and people, Settling and Unsettling Memories helps readers appreciate the challenges inherent in presenting the past. Prominent and emerging scholars explore the ways in which Canadian memory has been put into action across a variety of communities, regions, and time periods. Through high-quality essays touching on the central questions of historical consciousness and collective memory, this collection makes a significant contribution to a rapidly growing field.

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  • Page Count: 588 pages
  • Illustrations: 25
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Through high-quality essays touching on the central questions of historical consciousness and collective memory, this collection makes a significant contribution to a rapidly growing field.

Settling and Unsettling Memories: Essays in Canadian Public History

Edited by Nicole Neatby and Peter Hodgins

© 2011

Settling and Unsettling Memories analyses the ways in which Canadians over the past century have narrated the story of their past in books, films, works of art, commemorative ceremonies, and online. This cohesive collection introduces readers to overarching themes of Canadian memory studies and brings them up-to-date on the latest advances in the field.

With increasing debates surrounding how societies should publicly commemorate events and people, Settling and Unsettling Memories helps readers appreciate the challenges inherent in presenting the past. Prominent and emerging scholars explore the ways in which Canadian memory has been put into action across a variety of communities, regions, and time periods. Through high-quality essays touching on the central questions of historical consciousness and collective memory, this collection makes a significant contribution to a rapidly growing field.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 588 pages
  • Illustrations: 25
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.3in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    ‘This collection is a wonderful blending of history and Canadian studies that should inspire continued critical thought with regard to historical consciousness in Canada. Particularly well times for the bicentennial observance of the War of 1812. Recommended. All academic levels/libraries.’
    B.F.R. Edwards
    Choice Magazine, vol 50:02:2012

    ‘This collection offers a wealth of discussions and topics for any student and teacher of Canadian studies…This book is a fascinating read.’
    Martin Kuester
    Canadian Literature issue #218 Autumn 2013

    ‘The editors have produced an exemplary volume that demonstrates the remarkable scope and depth of English-Canadian contribution to memory studies since the 1990s.’
    Robert Cupido
    Canadian Historical Review, vol 95:01:2014
  • Author Information

    Nicole Neatby is an associate professor in the Department of History at Saint Mary's University.



    Peter Hodgins is an assistant professor in the School of Canadian Studies at Carleton University.

  • Table of contents

    I - Remembering the Heroic Past

    Colin Coates, “Commemorating the Woman Warrior of New France: Madeleine  de Verchères, 1696-1930”

    Cecilia Morgan, “Of Slender Frame and Delicate Appearance: The Placing of Laura Secord in the Narratives of Canadian Loyalist Tradition”

    Brian Osborne and Jason Kovacs, “A Tale of Two Heroes and Two Cities: The Short-Wallick Monument, Kingston-Quebec” 

    Ronald Rudin, “Dugua vs Champlain: The Construction of Heroes in Atlantic Canada, 1904-2004” 

    2- Pedagogies of Nation

    Ken Osborne, “’If I’m Going to be a Cop, Why do I have to Learn Religion and History?’ Schools, Citizenship and the Teaching of Canadian History”

    Lyle Dick, “Saving the Nation through National History: The Case of Canada, A People’s History

    Tim Stanley, “Playing with ‘Nitro’: The Racialization of Chinese Canadians in Public Memory”

    Sasha Mullally, “Democratizing the Past? Canada’s History on the World Wide Web”

    3-Visualizing and Revising the Past

    H.V. Nelles, “The Art of Nation Building: Canadian History Painting, 1880-1914”

    Eva Mackey, “Tricky Myths: Settler Pasts and Landscapes of Innocence”

    Ruth Philips, “Settler Monuments, Indigenous Memory: Dis-Membering and re-membering Canadian Art History” 

    Ian Radforth, “Ethnic Minorities and Wartime Injustices: Redress Campaigns and Historical Narratives in late 20th Canada”

    4- Cashing in on the Past

    James Murton, “’The Normandy of the New World’: Canada Steamship Lines, Antimodernism and the Selling of Old Quebec” 

    Ian McKay, “Cashing in on Antiquity: Tourism and the Uses of History”

    Nicole Neatby, “Leaving the Past Behind: From Old Quebec to La Belle Province”

    Ira Wagman , “Peace, Order and Good Building: Repackaging History and Memory in Canadian Advertising”

    5-Entertaining the Past

    Peter Hodgins, “Why Must Halifax Keep Exploding?: English Canadian Nationalism and the Search for a Usable Disaster”

    Renée Hulan, “The Past is an Imagined Country: Reading Canadian Historical Fiction Written in English”

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