Our Rural Selves

Memory and the Visual in Canadian Childhoods

Edited by Claudia Mitchell & April Mandrona
Categories: Social Science
Publisher: McGill-Queen's University Press
Paperback : 9780773556997, 296 pages, April 2019

Painting a picture of childhood and memory in rural Canada.


Life in the countryside, often perceived as either idyllic or depleted, has long been misrepresented. Challenging the stereotypes and myths that surround the idea of rurality, Our Rural Selves interrogates and represents individual and collective memories of childhood in rural landscapes and small towns. Drawing on visual artifacts whose origins range from the early twentieth century to today, such as photographs, films, objects, picture books, and digital games, contributors offer readings of childhood that are geographically, ethnically, and culturally diverse.


"Our Rural Selves provides an intriguing, multi-faceted perspective on the contemporary face of rural Canada, an important constituency that is often overlooked. " Margaret Mackey, University of Alberta

"Our Rural Selves is a thought-provoking tour through Canadian memories of rural childhood, strengthened by the diversity of its approaches. " Historical Studies in Education/Revue d'histoire de l'éducation

"Offering a refreshingly innovative understanding of identity as produced and negotiated, Our Rural Selves convincingly exemplifies that we cannot understand our positions in the social, inclusive world without understanding our social connectedness as a shifting, dynamic relational of self with self, self with others and self as a possible, collective future. " Daisy Pillay, University of KwaZulu-Natal