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CDNS 1000 Study Guide - Comprehensive Final Exam Guide - Canada, Canadian Studies, United States


Department
Canadian Studies
Course Code
CDNS 1000
Professor
Timothy Browne
Study Guide
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CDNS1000A
Class One Monday, September 10th 2018
Re: Intro. To the Fall Term & Myths
No Tutorials this week
Our culture is a palimpsest
o a manuscript or piece of writing material on which the original writing has been
effaced to make room for later writing but of which traces remain.
What are some things Canadians point to about “being Canadian”?
o Maple syrup
o Apologizing
o Being Polite
o Bilingualism
o Free health care
o Large country rich in resources
o Peacekeeping
o Freedom
o Hockey, curling
o Claiming Canadian celebrities who work abroad (especially in the United States)
o First Nations / Indigenous identity (important in Canada)
o True North (Strong)
o Being Accepting
o Suffrage / Women’s rights
What is a myth?
o Sisyphus : allegorical myth regarding utility
o Myths usually discus human condition
o Athena: Greek Goddess of Wisdom associated with Athens
o Personifications of nation states (John Bull Great Britain, Statue of Liberty United
States, Marianne France, Uncle Sam United States, Johnny Canuck Canada)
Female personifications seem to be more virginal, while males tend to be jolly
or intimidating.
o Mother Canada
Stories that we tell ourselves about who we are truth and fiction intertwined
Myths in any nation tend to give people something to strive for, but are dangerous
because they blur the truth and make it hard to question things that contradict the myth.
Rhetoric reality what we think and believe is actually contrary to history / truth.
o Example: Canada prides itself on being the receiving end of the underground
railroad that helped American slaves escape the southern states, but in reality,
they also faced a lot of discrimination, just as in other parts of the world. (Up to
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about 1950 businesses in some small towns in southern Ontario refused to serve
people of colour).
What is a national identity built on?
Companies playing on the nationalism to sell product
o Example: Tim Hortons
Peaceable Kingdom
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