Symbols of Canadian Identity
From multiethnic estrangement to multicultural mosaic, this course will rhetorically interrogate images that reflect understandings of “Canadian identity.” How are constructions of the "Canadian" something that can be prided over, questioned with a settler imagination, and/or reimagined in a post-colonial context? The course will consider political cartoons and media artefacts that span Canadian history, with an emphasis on the last 50 years. What images represent "Canada?" Whose story did they reflect, mute, critique, or amplify? How do symbols of Canadian identity work?
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