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Author Galway, Elizabeth A., 1974-

Title From nursery rhymes to nationhood : children's literature and the construction of Canadian identity / by Elizabeth A. Galway
Published New York : Routledge, 2008
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Description 1 online resource
Series Children's literature and culture ; 52
Children's literature and culture ; 52
Contents The view from afar: British and American perspectives -- Forest, prairie, sea, and mountain: Canadian regionalism -- A question of loyalties: Britain and Canada -- Due south: America and Canada -- Sleeping with the enemy? the figure of the French Canadian -- Flint and feather: the figure of the Indian -- Fact or fiction? the making of Canadian history -- The true north strong and free: landscape and environment
Summary "As Canada came to terms with its role as an independent nation following Confederation in 1867, there was a call for a literary voice to express the needs and desires of a new country. Children's literature was one of the means through which this new voice found expression. Seen as a tool for both entertaining and educating children, this material is often overtly propagandistic and nationalistic, and addresses some of the key political, economic, and social concerns of Canada as it struggled to maintain national unity during this time. From Nursery Rhymes to Nationhood studies a large variety of children's literature written in English between 1867 and 1911, revealing a distinct interest in questions of national unity and identity among children's writers of the day, and exploring the influence of American and British authors on the shaping of Canadian identity. The visions of Canada expressed in this material are often in competition with one another, but together they illuminate the country's attempts to define itself and its relation to the world outside its borders."--Jacket
Notes Title from PDF title page (viewed Mar. 25, 2008)
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Children's literature, Canadian -- History and criticism.
Group identity -- Canada.
Literature and society -- Canada -- History.
National characteristics, Canadian, in literature.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0203929276 (electronic bk.)
0415958482 (hbk.)
9780203929278 (electronic bk.)
9780415958486 (hbk.)