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China Diary

The Life of Mary Austin Endicott

Mary Austin was a mayor’s daughter who expected to live an uneventful life in Canada. But when she said “I do” to Jim Endicott she found that she had “married China.”

Thrust into extraordinary circumstances, but undeterred by the political turmoil around her in China, Mary Austin Endicott determined she would achieve the goals she set for herself. She bore and raised four children, ran a one-room school and became the foster mother to three Chinese boys, despite the raised eyebrows of many of her fellow missionaries.

The family moved back to Canada, but it wasn’t long before Jim, who was becoming a well-known peace activist, returned to wartorn China. Mary, by then a school trustee, continued her fight for teachers’ rights and focussed her energy on increased activity in left-wing politics, all the while separated from Jim and grieving for a marriage she felt to be in jeopardy.

Mary and Jim were finally reunited in 1947 in the police state Shanghai had become. She used all her energy and faith in that time to help Jim regain his equilibrium. For thousands of readers her book Five Stars over China countered the common practice during the Cold War of vilifying the Chinese Revolution. Then her greatest crisis came: Jim was accused of treason.

Shirley Jane Endicott has presented us with a fascinating account of her mother’s life, based on Mary Austin Endicott’s private writings and flavoured with Shirley’s memories. She brings to life the story of an exceptional woman whose life was shaped by profound political and historical circumstances.

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Control and order in French colonial Louisbourg, 1713-1758

A. J. B. Johnston

Control and Order in French Colonial Louisbourg, 1713-1758 is the culmination of nearly a quarter century of research and writing on 18th-century Louisbourg by A. J. B. Johnston. The author uses a multitude of primary archival sources-official correspondence, court records, parish registries, military records, and hundreds of maps and plans-to put together a detailed analysis of a distinctive colonial society. Located on Cape Breton Island (then known as Île Royale), the seaport and stronghold of Louisbourg emerged as one of the most populous and important settlements in all of New France. Its economy was based on fishing and trade, and the society that developed there had little or nothing to do with the fur trade, or the seigneurial regime that characterized the Canadian interior. Johnston traces the evolution of a broad range of controlling measures that were introduced and adapted to achieve an ordered civil and military society at Louisbourg. Town planning, public celebrations, diversity in the population, use of punishments, excessive alcohol consumption, the criminal justice system, and sexual abuse are some of the windows that reveal attempts to control and regulate society. A. J. B. Johnston's Control and Order in French Colonial Louisbourg offers both a broad overview of the colony's evolution across its half-century of existence, and insightful analyses of the ways in which control was integrated into the mechanisms of everyday life.

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The Poetry of M. Travis Lane

The Crisp Day Closing on My Hand: The Poetry of M. Travis Lane is a collection of thirty-five of her best poems, selected with an introduction by Jeanette Lynes. An environmentalist, feminist, and peace activist, M. Travis Lane is known for witty and meticulously crafted poems that explore the elusive nature of “home” in both historical and present contexts and reflect on the identity of the woman poet and what it means to be a writer. Lane’s poems exhibit impressive range and variety—long poems, short lyrics, serial poems, poems inspired by visual art—and are richly attentive to the landscapes, both urban and wild, of her New Brunswick home. They voice a sense of urgency with respect to ecological crises and war; her poetic attention fixes unwaveringly on the smallest pebble on the coast of Fundy but is equally attuned to global patterns of destructive domination.

In her introduction “As Opportunity for Grace, This Life May Serve”, editor Jeanette Lynes discusses how Lane’s poetry integrates an ecopoetic vision with explorations of the artist’s task of mapping her world. Lane’s afterword reinforces her sense of the poet’s project as a form of mystical play, a search for patterns in the “unified disunities” of all things.

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Critical Collaborations

Indigenity, Diaspora, and Ecology in Canadian Literary Studies

Critical Collaborations: Indigeneity, Diaspora, and Ecology in Canadian Literary Studies is the third volume of essays produced as part of the TransCanada conferences project. The essays gathered in Critical Collaborations constitute a call for collaboration and kinship across disciplinary, political, institutional, and community borders. They are tied together through a simultaneous call for resistance—to Eurocentrism, corporatization, rationalism, and the fantasy of total systems of knowledge—and a call for critical collaborations. These collaborations seek to forge connections without perceived identity—linking concepts and communities without violating the differences that constitute them, seeking epistemic kinships while maintaining a willingness to not-know. In this way, they form a critical conversation between seemingly distinct areas and demonstrate fundamental allegiances between diasporic and indigenous scholarship, transnational and local knowledges, legal and eco-critical methodologies. Links are forged between Indigenous knowledge and ecological and social justice, creative critical reading, and ambidextrous epistemologies, unmaking the nation through translocalism and unsettling histories of colonial complicity through a poetics of relation. Together, these essays reveal how the critical methodologies brought to bear on literary studies can both challenge and exceed disciplinary structures, presenting new forms of strategic transdisciplinarity that expand the possibilities of Canadian literary studies while also emphasizing humility, complicity, and the limits of knowledge.

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Crosstalk

Canadian and Global Imaginaries in Dialogue

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De France en Nouvelle-France

Société fondatrice et société nouvelle

Sous la direction de Hubert Watelet

Spécialiste des élites politiques de la Nouvelle-France, et de leurs origines familiales et sociales, le professeur Jean-Claude Dubé, de l’Université d’Ottawa, s’est fait connaître par l’originalité de ses travaux et son double intérêt pour la France de l’Ancien Régime et la colonie. Conçu dans un perspective large qui est celle de Jean-Claude Dubé lui-même, cet ouvrage est celui d’un groupe d’amis qui, des deux côtés de l’Atlantique, ont voulu lui rendre hommage en lui offrant une série d’études de choix. S’étendant du politique au religieux, ces contributions tantôt neuves, tantôt longuement mûries et parfois provocantes, permettent en même temps d’établir des relations entre les deux sociétés métropolitaine et coloniale.

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De la couleur des lois

Une histoire juridique du racisme au Canada entre 1900 et 1950

Constance Backhouse

Malgré l’ouverture proclamée des Canadiens face à la diversité ethnique et culturelle, l’histoire canadienne n’en est pas moins marquée par la discrimination systématique. Cet ouvrage expose la ténacité juridique de cette discrimination par l’entremise d’un examen de six arrêts judiciaires déterminants entre 1900 et 1950 qui démontrent comment le système juridique canadien fut complice de la discrimination raciale. Les cas retenus font exemples des diverses façons dont le racisme a opéré dans les différents environnements juridiques du Canada. On y retrouve ceux d’Eliza Sero, qui a présenté en 1921 une revendication à la souveraineté Mohawk, de Wanduta, un Heyoka de la nation Dakota, qui visait à faire reconnaître son droit de célébrer la traditionnelle danse des herbes sacrées en 1903, d’Ira Johnson, qui a eu à subir le courroux du Ku Klux Klan en raison de son désir de contracter un mariage mixte en 1930, de Yee Clun, un restaurateur canadien d’origine chinoise à qui l’on avait refusé le droit d’employer des femmes blanches en 1924 et de Viola Desmond, qui avait été empêchée par le personnel d’un cinéma de s’asseoir dans une section réservée aux Blancs en 1946. De la couleur des lois illustre l’ambiguïté opérationnelle ainsi que l’étonnante et sournoise persévérance du racisme à l’oeuvre dans le système juridique canadien. De la couleur des lois est la traduction française de Colour-Coded: A Legal History of Racism in Canada (University of Toronto Press, 1999), qui a été gagnant du prix Joseph Brant en 2002.

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Defending a Contested Ideal

Merit and the Public Service Commission, 1908–2008

Luc Juillet and Ken Rasmussen

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.

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Dictionnaire des écrits de l'Ontario français

1613-1993

Sous la direction de Gaétan Gervais et Jean-Pierre Pichette

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.

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