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Working on screen; representations of the working class in Canadian cinema.


Working on screen; representations of the working class in Canadian cinema.

Ed. by Malek Khouri and Darrell Varga.

U. of Toronto Pr.


293 pages




Contributors of these 13 articles analyze the Canadian cinema to find how those who work for wages wind up looking on film. Topics on workers, history and historiography include the search for the Canadian labor film, the image of the people in the CBC's Canada: A People's History, and the relationship of communists, class and culture in Canada; those on gender and sexuality include an analysis of the film Valerie and its take of sex and nationalism, masculinity and nation in the hockey film, gay workers as Other, and the change from The Glace Bay Miner's Museum into Margaret's Museum. They also examine the Women's Labor History Project, the construction of nation by the Canadian Pacific Railway in Dirty Laundry, stereotypes in Quebec features, class and nationalism in realist cinema, class relations in Rude and counter-narratives of globalization such as Maelstrom.

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Date:Feb 1, 2007
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