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Merit and the Public Service Commission, 1908–2008
In 1908, after decades of struggling with a public administration undermined by systemic patronage, the Canadian parliament decided that public servants would be selected on the basis of merit, through a system administered by an independent agency: the Public Service Commission of Canada. This history, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Commission, recounts its unique contribution to the development of an independent public service, which has become a pillar of Canadian parliamentary democracy.
Le Dictionnaire des écrits de l’Ontario français (1613-1993) est l’aboutissement d’une entreprise lancée en 1982 par un collectif de chercheurs de Sudbury. Publiée en l’année du 400e anniversaire de la présence francophone en Ontario, il recense tous les ouvrages autonomes parus en français, depuis le Quatriesme voyage du Sr. de Champlain [...] en la Nouvelle France, fait en l’année 1613, jusqu’aux écrits beaucoup plus nombreux de l’année 1993.
Le Dictionnaire des écrits de l’Ontario français (1613-1993), c’est ainsi la somme de tous les écrits connus de la langue française dont l’auteur est né en Ontario ou y a vecu et publié ou ayant l’Ontario comme sujet.
Le Dictionnaire des écrits de l’Ontario français (1613-1993), c’est aussi la première lecture intégrale de quatre siècles d’écriture en français dans tous les domaines des sciences humaines soit 2 537 écrits imprimés de 1613 à 1993 par 1000 auteurs et présentés en un dictionnaire alphabétique et encyclopédique.
Le Dictionnaire des écrits de l’Ontario français (1613-1993), c’est encore le fruit de la rédaction collégiale de 166 collaborateurs, un outil de référence unique pour les Franco-Ontariens et un guide indispensable pour les chercheurs de la francophonie.
Le Dictionnaire des écrits de l’Ontario français (1613-1993), c’est enfin un répertoire des auteurs et leurs écrits, une première bibliographie des écrits franco-ontariens, un index des milliers de personnages et de lieux cités dans les écrits et un tremplin transdisciplinaire pour de nouvelles recherches.
Essays on the Canadian Short Story
Adolescence and the Making of Modern Canada, 1920 to 1950
Adolescence, like childhood, is more than a biologically defined life stage: it is also a sociohistorical construction. The meaning and experience of adolescence are reformulated according to societal needs, evolving scientific precepts, and national aspirations relative to historic conditions. Although adolescence was by no means a “discovery” of the early twentieth century, it did assume an identifiably modern form during the years between the Great War and 1950.
The Dominion of Youth: Adolescence and the Making of Modern Canada, 1920 to 1950 captures what it meant for young Canadians to inhabit this liminal stage of life within the context of a young nation caught up in the self-formation and historic transformation that would make modern Canada. Because the young at this time were seen paradoxically as both the hope of the nation and the source of its possible degeneration, new policies and institutions were developed to deal with the “problem of youth.” This history considers how young Canadians made the transition to adulthood during a period that was “developmental”—both for youth and for a nation also working toward individuation. During the years considered here, those who occupied this “dominion” of youth would see their experiences more clearly demarcated by generation and culture than ever before. With this book, Cynthia Comacchio offers the first detailed study of adolescence in early-twentieth-century Canada and demonstrates how young Canadians of the period became the nation’s first modern teenagers.
Essays on Arctic Narrative
The Promise, the Glory, and the Despair of Louisbourg's Last Decade
The Works of Margaret Atwood
Winner of the 2010 Margaret Atwood Society Best Book Prize. In Engendering Genre, renowned Margaret Atwood scholar Reingard M. Nischik analyzes the relationship between gender and genre in Atwood’s works. She approaches Atwood’s oeuvre by genre – poetry, short fiction, novels, criticism, comics, and film – and examines them individually. She explores how Atwood has developed her genres to be gender-sensitive in both content and form and argues that gender and genre are inherently complicit in Atwood’s work: they converge to critique the gender-biased designs of traditional genres. This combination of gender and genre results in the recognizable Atwoodian style that shakes and extends the boundaries of conventional genres and explores them in new ways. The book includes the first in-depth treatment of Atwood’s cartoon art as well as the first survey of her involvement with film, and concludes with an interview with Margaret Atwood on her career “From Survivalwoman to Literary Icon.”
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Rediscovery and Reassessment
Margaret Atwood called Ernest Buckler “one of the pathbreakers for the modern Canadian novel,” yet he has slipped into relative obscurity. This new book by Marta Dvořák, Ernest Buckler: Rediscovery and Reassessment breaks new ground in Canadian literary studies by analyzing some of Buckler’s works that have remained unknown or unexplored by critics, and by addressing the formalistic innovations of these texts. It allows a general readership to discover — and an international specialized readership to reassess — the wide, even eclectic scope of an author best known for his first novel, The Mountain and the Valley.
Marta Dvořák situates Buckler firmly within his cultural and intellectual environment. She argues the importance of his connections with Emerson and the American transcendental milieu, and demonstrates his links with Romantics such as Schopenhauer and Shelley and modernists like Joyce, Faulkner, and Mansfield, as well as intellectuals from Aristotle to Aquinas. She explores his philosophical vision and his complex, adventurous relationship with language. Extracts from Buckler’s published and unpublished material juxtaposed with those from a wide range of writers (from Henry James to Foucault) offer new illuminating perspectives.
The progressive structure of the book will draw readers in to discussions on shared concerns: the nostalgia for a vanished past, the relationship between family and community, the rural and the urban, or the questioning of, and coming to terms with, ethics and the social fabric of today’s rapidly changing technological horizon in which traditional values are eroding.