Engaging ideas, transforming minds
Engaging ideas, transforming minds
Canadian Scholars’ Press
Approx. 350 pages

Print ISBN: 9781773381428
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An exclusively Canadian textbook, this collection investigates the relationships between identity, geography, and popular culture that is produced and consumed in this sprawling country. Expanding beyond the clichés of politeness and snow, this text provides a fresh perspective on what it means to be Canadian, both nationally and transnationally. Scholars look at historical subjects, like Quebecois identity and Indigenous self-representation, and explore issues in contemporary media, including music, film, television, comic books, video games, and social media. From Drake to the Tragically Hip, from Trailer Park Boys to The Amazing Race Canada, and from poutine to maple syrup, mainstream icons and trends are studied in the interdisciplinary context of race, gender, sexuality, politics, and patriotism. Contributing to the location of Canadian popular culture, this unique resource will engage students and scholars of communication studies, cultural studies, and Canadian studies.


  • includes pedagogical features such as section openers, key concepts and theories, and a glossary
  • engages students with relatable historical and contemporary examples of Canadiana through a breadth of media, including favourite television shows, websites, journals, celebrities, newspapers, literature, comic books, video games, music, and films
  • ensures equal representation of a national and transnational Canada, which includes examples of race, gender, Indigeneity, and Quebecois, with particular attention to geographical intricacies that contain all provinces and territories

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Victoria Kannen

Victoria Kannen is an Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at Huntington University. Her areas of research and teaching include subjects of identity, privilege, education, and popular culture.

Neil Shyminsky

Neil Shyminsky is a Professor in the School of Justice, Community Services, and General Studies at Cambrian College, whose work on superheroes has been published in journals such as the International Journal of Comic Art and Men and Masculinities.

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