Becoming Native in a Foreign Land: Sport, Visual Culture and Identity in Montreal, 1840-1885

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Becoming Native in a Foreign Land: Sport, Visual Culture and Identity in Montreal, 1840-1885
Abstract
A study of the ways in which British colonists represented themselves as native Canadians in sport, visual culture and public spectacles in order to construct and define a national identity which would distinguish them from both British and Americans. The author argues that Aboriginal and French-Canadian cultural and sports activities, such as snowshoeing, tobogganing, lacrosse and hunting, were appropriated by the professional and commercial middle-classes in mid-Victorian anglophone Montreal, and transformed by imposing on these activities British ideologies of order, discipline and fair play. She argues that a new English-Canadian nationality emerged, not on the battlefields of First World War Europe but much earlier on the playing fields of Montreal between 1840 and 1885. This new nationality championed the interests of white, middle-class Protestant males who used their newly-acquired identity to dominate the political realm.
Place
Vancouver, BC
Publisher
UBC Press
Date
2009
Language
en
URL
Citation
Poulter, Gillian. Becoming Native in a Foreign Land: Sport, Visual Culture and Identity in Montreal, 1840-1885. Vancouver, BC: UBC Press, 2009. http://www.nlc-bnc.ca/obj/s4/f2/dsk2/ftp03/NQ56261.pdf.
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