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Women and Popular Culture in Canada
Edited by Laine Zisman Newman
Print ISBN: 9780889616158
The first book of its kind, this volume explores women and non-binary people in popular culture in Canada, with a focus on intersectional analysis of settler colonialism, race, white privilege, ability, and queer representations and experiences in diverse media. The chapters include discussions of film, television, videogames, music, and performance, as well as political events, journalism, social media, fandom, and activism. Throughout this collection, readers are encouraged to think carefully about the role women play in the cultural landscape in Canada as active viewers, creators, and participants.
Covering a wide range of topics from historical perspectives to recent events, media, and technologies, this collection acts as an introduction, an archive, and a continuing commitment to lifting the voices and stories of women and popular culture in Canada. This book is a must-read for gender studies and media studies courses that focus on popular culture, Canadian feminism, and Canadian media.
- includes questions for critical thought that stimulate discussion
- focuses on intersections of race, gender, ability, and sexuality
- provides contemporary Canadian content from an interdisciplinary and intersectional lens
Table of Contents
Introduction. Mediated Nation: Genders and Geographies of Popular Culture
Laine Zisman Newman
PART I - Noteworthy and Newsworthy: The Political and the Popular
1. Representing Misogynoir in Canadian News Media: From BLMTO to Marci Ien,
2. Reform and Utopia in Canadian Islamic Feminism: The Contradictory Project of Irshad Manji
3. Tales of Resistance and Activism: South Asian Women Journalists in Metro Vancouver
Syeda Nayab Bukhari
PART II - Feminist, Eh?: Re-Reading Canadian Texts and TV
4. “How Were We to Know We Were Happy?”: Fairy Tale (Fr)antics and Margaret Atwood’s Fickle Feminism
T. Nikki Cesare Schotzko
5. “Thank You, Spike”: Representations of Teen Pregnancy in the Degrassi Franchise
6. "Thank You for Making Me Feel So Comfortable in Your Home": Baroness von Sketch Queering Up Canadian Television
PART III - In Shining Armour: Cops, Robbers, and Superheroes
7. The Case of the Missing Detectives: Canadian Crime Films and the Absent Female Sleuth
Andrea Braithwaite and Olga Marques
8. Succubi, Synthetics, and Clones, Oh My!: Myths of Multiculturalism and Gender Equity in Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy
Laine Zisman Newman
9. Nelvana of the Northern Lights: White Goddess or Inuk Superheroine?
PART IV -Taking Charge: Recasting Pop Culture through Participatory Media
10. Instapoets and YouTube Stars: Second Generation Immigrant Young Women Reimagining the Canadian National Narrative
11. The Videoludic Cyborg : Queer and Feminist Appropriations and Hybridity
Roxanne Chartrand and Pascale Thériault
12. Playing with Identity: Exploring the Role of Gender, Death Positivity, and Queer Representation in A Mortician’s Tale
Victoria Kannen and Aaron Langille
PART V - Necessary, Not Radical: Gender Inclusivity in Performance, Podcasts, and Music
13. Indigenous Rage Incarnate: Irreconcilable Spaces and Indigestible Bodies
14. “If I Disappear... Come Find Me”: Seeking Trans Feminine Music in Canada
15. Inviting Women to Speak: The Boundaries of Gendered Access Intimacy within the Context of Podcasts with Sick and Disabled Guests
Recommended Readings. Collective Resistance: Building Futures through Histories
“Using intersectionality and cultural studies as its premise, this book explores media representations of gender, ethnicity, class, and ableism to critically dissect the structures of power at work in the Canadian nation-state. Taking a critical view of some of Canada’s cultural icons like Margaret Atwood to the latest hit in pop culture, The Baroness von Sketch Show, this text introduces international academics to Canada’s enigmatic pop culture. The book works hard to dispel some of the myths of a squeaky clean image through a criticality of Indigenous colonization, misogyny, and racism.”—Dr. Anita Ogurlu, Women’s and Gender Studies, University of Saskatchewan
“The volume offers a sweeping intersectional feminist analysis of popular culture in Canada, addressing the role that women-identified artists, creators, and producers play across a variety of media, including genres such as journalism, television, fiction, podcasts, and music. Together, the chapters rethink the power dynamics, ideologies, and discourses at work in shaping gender, identity, subjecthood, and meaning-making within a settler colonial national context. The volume thus successfully pushes back against and indeed rewrites normative understandings of the Canadian cultural landscape.”—Dr. Carrie Smith, Modern Languages and Cultural Studies, University of Alberta
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