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When Picture Becomes Place: A Spatial and Temporal Analysis of Nature and Wilderness as Playground and as Resource in the Canadian Nation


When Picture Becomes Place: A Spatial and Temporal Analysis of Nature and Wilderness as Playground and as Resource in the Canadian Nation

Ward, Brenna (2017) When Picture Becomes Place: A Spatial and Temporal Analysis of Nature and Wilderness as Playground and as Resource in the Canadian Nation. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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Canada’s identity as a nation is tied to fantasies of nature and wilderness that are historically bound and hegemonically produced while simultaneously experienced on individual levels. This thesis puts forth two case studies for analysis, Riding Mountain National Park and the Columbia Project to argue that within the nation-building project, nature has been staged as both playground and resource. The author examines how this is produced discursively and ideologically on the side of hegemonic production as well as how a sense of place is constructed from close, proximal, relational experiences between individual and place. She takes up affect theory to unsettle the presumably settled. Using an experimental tourism-as-method, the author gathers fragments of experience by drawing from a number of methodologies including discourse analysis, archival work, oral history, and ethnography. Moving experientially through the landscape on an investigative road trip, the author moves concomitantly between a synoptic view and an on-the-ground positionality to unsettle the settled, that is, to reveal the frail ideological, historical, and colonial compositions of these national sites. At stake in this project are themes of resilience, resistance, and reciprocity.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Communication Studies
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Ward, Brenna
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Program:Media Studies
Date:2 August 2017
Thesis Supervisor(s):Lynes, Krista
Keywords:Canadian History, Affect, Tourism-as-Method, National Parks, Columbia Project, Placemaking
ID Code:982725
Deposited By: BRENNA WARD
Deposited On:10 Nov 2017 13:46
Last Modified:17 Sep 2018 20:47


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