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Wilfrid Laurier University Press
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Covering Niagara: Studies in Local Popular Culture closely examines some of the myriad forms of popular culture in the Niagara region of Canada. Essays consider common assumptions and definitions of what popular culture is and seek to determine whether broad theories of popular culture can explain or make sense of localized instances of popular culture and the cultural experiences of people in their daily lives.

Among the many topics covered are local bicycle parades and war memorials, cooking and wine culture, radio and movie-going, music stores and music scenes, tourist sites, and blackface minstrel shows. The authors approach their subjects from a variety of critical and historical perspectives and employ a range of methodologies that includes cultural studies, textual analysis, archival research, and participant interviews. Altogether, Covering Niagara provides a richly diverse mapping of the popular culture of a particular area of Canada and demonstrates the complexities of everyday culture.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. CONTENTS
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  1. MAPS: Niagara Region, Niagara Urban Areas, Niagara Wine Route
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. FOREWORD: Reflections on Everyday Life in Niagara
  2. pp. xiii-xvi
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  1. ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
  2. pp. xvii-xx
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  1. INTRODUCTION
  2. pp. xxi-xxx
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  1. Part I: PUBLIC SHOWINGS
  2. pp. 1-2
  1. Polite Athletics and Bourgeois Gaieties: Toronto Society in Late Victorian Niagara-on-the-Lake
  2. pp. 3-24
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  1. A Promise Set in Stone: St. Catharines Honours a Common Soldier
  2. pp. 25-44
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  1. Niagara Falls Indian Village: Popular Productions of Cultural Difference
  2. pp. 45-66
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  1. Part II: MOVIES AND MEDIA
  2. pp. 67-68
  1. Early Movie-Going in Niagara: From Itinerant Shows to Local Institutions, 1896–1910
  2. pp. 69-92
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  1. "Hollywoodization," Gender, and the Local Press in the 1920s: The Case of Niagara Falls, Ontario
  2. pp. 93-118
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  1. Where Is the Local in Local Radio?: The Changing Shape of Radio Programming in St. Catharines
  2. pp. 119-144
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  1. Part III: FOOD AND DRINK
  2. pp. 145-146
  1. Frolics with Food: The Frugal Housewife's Manual by "A.B. of Grimsby"
  2. pp. 147-169
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  1. "A Little More Than a Drink": Public Drinking and Popular Entertainment in Post-Prohibition Niagara, 1927–1944
  2. pp. 169-194
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  1. Niagara's Emerging Wine Culture: From a Countryside of Production to Consumption
  2. pp. 195-212
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  1. Part IV: LOCAL CONNECTIONS
  2. pp. 213-214
  1. "Kenny-ing": Kenny Wheeler and Local Jazz
  2. pp. 215-236
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  1. The Music Store as a Community Resource
  2. pp. 237-262
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  1. Back to Our Roots: How Niagara Artists Centre Became Popular Again
  2. pp. 263-282
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  1. Part V: BORDERLINE MATTERS
  2. pp. 283-284
  1. Entertaining Niagara Falls: Minstrel Shows, Theatres, and Popular Pleasures
  2. pp. 285-310
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  1. Electricity from Niagara Falls: Popularization of Modern Technology for Domestic Use
  2. pp. 311-336
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  1. Weaving Local Identity: The Niagara Region Tartan and the Invention of Tradition
  2. pp. 337-352
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  1. CONTRIBUTORS
  2. pp. 353-356
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  1. INDEX
  2. pp. 357-376
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781554582471
Print ISBN
9781554582211
MARC Record
OCLC
502633528
Pages
408
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
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