Gendering the Nation: Canadian Women's Cinema

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University of Toronto Press, 1999 - Performing Arts - 329 pages
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Since Nell Shipman wrote and starred in Back to God's Country (1919), Canadian women have been making films. The accolades given to film-makers such as Patricia Rozema (I've Heard the Mermaids Singing, When Night is Falling), Alanis Obomsawin (Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance), and Micheline LanctOt (Deux actrices) at festivals throughout the world in recent years attest to the growing international recognition for films made by Canadian women. With Gendering the Nation the editors have produced a definitive collection of essays, both original and previously published, that address the impact and influence of a century of women's film-making in Canada. In dialogue with new paradigms for understanding the relationship of cinema with nation and gender, Gendering the Nation seeks to situate women's cinema through the complex optic of national culture. This collection of critical essays employs a variety of frameworks to analyse cinematic practices that range from narrative to documentary to the avant-garde.

 

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Contents

A Case of Heroic Femininity
17
From Development 1974
41
Soft Issue Hard World
62
The Documentary Practice of AJanis
76
The Films of Jennifer Hodge de Silva
94
Story as Covenant in the Films of Loretta Todd
109
AvantGarde
137
Gender Landscape and Colonial Allegories in The Far Shore Loyalties
165
Variations on Identity
197
The Dislocated Spectator of The Company
212
Aesthetic Memory in Anne Claire Poiriers
225
Contesting the Boundaries of Identity in Two Films
244
QueryingQueering the Nation
274
Canadianizing Race and Nation
291
SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
311
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Identity Difference and
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About the author (1999)

Kay Armatage is Chair, Graduate Programme in Women's Studies, University of Toronto. Kass Banning teaches Cinema Studies at the University of Toronto. Brenda Longfellow is a filmmaker and an associate professor at Atkinson College, York University.

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