Painting the Maple

Essays on Race, Gender, and the Construction of Canada

Table of contents

Constructing Canada: An Introduction by Sherrill Grace, Veronica Strong-Boag, Avigail Eisenberg, and Joan Anderson

Methodology on the Line: Constructing Meanings about 'Cultural Difference' by Isabel Dyck

Domination and Political Representation by Avigail Eisenberg

On the Outskirts of Empire: Race and Gender in Canadian TV News by Yasmin Jiwani

Keeping 'em Out: Gender, Race, and Class Biases in Canadian Immigration Policy by Yasmeen Abu-Laban

Documenting Racisim: Sharon Pollock's The Komagata Maru Incident by Sherrill Grace and Gabriele Helms

Re-Constructing Canadian Literature: The Role of Race and Gender by Christyl Verduyn

'In Another Place, Not Here': Dionne Brand's Politics of (Dis)Location by Peter Dickinson

'Red Girl's Reasoning': E. Pauline Johnson Constructs the New Nation by Veronica Strong-Boag

Encountering Anomalies: A Cultural Study of Chinese Migrants to Early Canada by Lisa Chalykoff

The Mountie and the Nurse: Cross-Cultural Relations North of 60 by Linda Warley

A Lesbian Politics of Erotic Decolonization by Becki Ross

Hegemonic Nationalism and the Politics of Feminism and Multiculturalism in Canada by Jo-Ann Lee and Linda Cardinal

Constructing Canada: The Gendering and Racializing of the Health Care System by Joan Anderson and Sheryl Kirkham

Building Transdisciplinary Standpoints: An Integrative Bibliography by Gabriele Helms, Matt James, and Patricia Rodney



Painting the Maple explores the critical interplay of race
and gender in shaping Canadian culture, history, politics and health
care. These interdisciplinary essays draw on feminist, postcolonial,
and critical theory in a wide-ranging discussion that encompasses both
high and popular forms of culture, the deliberation of policy and its
execution, and social movements as well as individual authors and
texts. The contributors establish connections among discourses of race,
gender, and nation-building that have conditioned the formation of
Canada for more than one hundred years. At times provocative,
Painting the Maple illuminates the challenges that lie ahead
for all Canadians who aspire to create a better future in a reimagined


A collaborative tour de force from a coterie of scholars at the University of British Columbia . .. The debates and issues raised by Painting the Maple deserve the attention of all interested Canadians and should not be restricted to academic readers alone.

- Valerie J. Korinek

Such a diverse range of essays is likely to be of most interest to practitioners of interdisciplinarity . .. Others will find the theoretical discussions of the construction of Canada as an exclusive nation, characterized by racial and gender discrimination at worst and cultural insensitivity at best, instructive for any branch of Canadian studies.

- Judith Fingard