Feeling Canadian: Television, Nationalism, and Affect

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Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press, 12 avr. 2011 - 192 pages

“My name is Joe, and I AM Canadian!” How did a beer ad featuring an unassuming guy in a plaid shirt become a national anthem? This book about Canadian TV examines how affect and consumption work together, producing national practices framed by the television screen. Drawing on the new field of affect theory, Feeling Canadian: Television, Nationalism, and Affect tracks the ways that ideas about the Canadian nation flow from screen to audience and then from body to body.

From the most recent Quebec referendum to 9/11 and current news coverage of the so-called “terrorist threat,” media theorist Marusya Bociurkiw argues that a significant intensifying of nationalist content on Canadian television became apparent after 1995. Close readings of TV shows and news items such as Canada: A People’s History, North of 60, and coverage of the funeral of Pierre Trudeau reveal how television works to resolve the imagined community of nation, as well as the idea of a national self and national others, via affect. Affect theory, with its notions of changeability, fluidity, and contagion, is, the author argues, well suited to the study of television and its audience.

Useful for scholars and students of media studies, communications theory, and national television and for anyone interested in Canadian popular culture, this highly readable book fills the need for critical scholarly analysis of Canadian television’s nationalist practices.

 

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Table des matières

INTRODUCTION
1
1AFFECT THEORY Becoming Nation
21
2THE TELEVISUAL ARCHIVE AND THE NATION
35
3WHOSE CHILD AM I? The Quebec Referendum and Languages of Affect and the Body
53
A Peoples History
69
5AN OTHERNESS BARELY TOUCHED UPON A Cooking Show A Foreigner A Turnip and a Fishs Eye
87
6NATIONAL MANIA COLLECTIVE MELANCHOLIA The Trudeau Funeral
101
7HOMELAND IN SECURITY Roots and Displacement from New York to Toronto to Salt Lake City
117
CONCLUSION Empty Suitcases
137
The 2010 Olympics
147
WORKS CITED
163
FILMOGRAPHY
177
BACK COVER
179
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Marusya Bociurkiw received her Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of British Columbia. She has published articles, essays, and reviews in academic, arts, and activist journals and books in Canada and the United States for the past twenty years. She is the author of four literary books, and her films and videos have screened at film festivals, art house cinemas, and universities around the world. She is currently an assistant professor of media theory and head of the Media Studies stream in the School of Radio and Television Arts at Ryerson University in Toronto.

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