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Storied Streams of History: A Documentary Navigation along the St. Lawrence River


Storied Streams of History: A Documentary Navigation along the St. Lawrence River

Tremblay-Sher, Myriam (2018) Storied Streams of History: A Documentary Navigation along the St. Lawrence River. PhD thesis, Concordia University.

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The St. Lawrence River forms one of the most important inland waterways on the planet. It also has had a determining impact on history and the peoples along its shores. The river carries memories, attachments, and legacies flowed over centuries. This research-creation―in the form of a written thesis and an accompanying multilinear web documentary―explores the significance of place in shaping relations to history as inspired by the St. Lawrence River. The thesis combines theorizations of place from socio-geographic and philosophic study, as elaborated principally by Doreen Massey and Edward S. Casey, with theoretical and practical advancements of interactive web documentary and of the essay film from film studies. It then builds on these theories of place as event―as an agent of shifting relations through time and space―and of documentary representation by applying them to the St. Lawrence River. In so doing, it elaborates the conceptual frames of place, boundary, and navigation. These frameworks are broadened in the filming, editing, and presentation of a documentary that features the voices and insights of an artist, an adventurer, an environmentalist, a writer, a teacher and an historian who have all encountered the river and have also been shaped by it. The thesis concludes that the theories of place developed by Massey, Casey, and others can creatively blend with storytelling by the river, deepening understandings of history and ways of engaging the place-event known as the St. Lawrence.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Communication Studies
Item Type:Thesis (PhD)
Authors:Tremblay-Sher, Myriam
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:Ph. D.
Date:October 2018
Thesis Supervisor(s):Gagnon, Monika
ID Code:984805
Deposited On:10 Jun 2019 15:10
Last Modified:10 Jun 2019 15:10
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