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    Tax Is Not a Four-Letter Word A Different Take on Taxes in Canada Alex Himelfarb Canada, Jordan Himelfarb Canada
    9781554588329 Paperback POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy Publication Date:November 08, 2013 Print Run:879
    $29.99 CAD 6 x 9 x 0.75 in | 455 gr | 304 pages Carton Quantity:40 Canadian Rights: Y Wilfrid Laurier University Press
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      Taxes connect us to one another, to the common good, and to the future. This is a book about taxes: who pays what and who gets what. More than that, it’s about the role of government, about citizenship and our collective well-being, about the Canada we want. The contributors, leading Canadian practitioners and scholars, explore how taxes have become a political “no-go zone” and how changes in taxation are changing Canada. They challenge the view that any tax is a bad tax and provide broad directions for fairer and smarter approaches.

      This is a book that will be of interest to anyone concerned with public policy and public affairs, economics, and political science and to anyone interested in challenging the conventional wisdom that lower taxes and smaller government are the cures to what ails us.

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      Alex Himelfarb is the director of the Glendon School of Public and International Aff airs and the Centre for Global Challenges at York University. A federal public servant for twenty-eight years before his retirement in 2009, he served as Clerk of the Privy Council and Secretary to Cabinet for three prime ministers, as Canada’s Ambassador to Italy, as Deputy Minister of Canadian Heritage, and in senior positions in numerous ministries and agencies.

      Jordan Himelfarb is an opinion editor at The Toronto Star. Previously he was the editor of The Mark and the Arts and Ideas editor of This Magazine. His writing has appeared in many of Canada’s foremost newspapers and magazines. He is also co-editor of the music website Said the Gramophone, one of Time Magazine’s top blogs of 2009.


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      “How much are we willing to pay to live in a good and prosperous country? Do we have a tax system that is fair and efficient? What public goods and services do we want our governments to provide? If democracies exist only by the virtue of the engagement of citizens, then we need to have the courage to have a new conversation about taxation. Read this book. Get informed by experts on the politics, economics, and social dimensions of taxation. Tell your friends to read it. Then have a conversation with your member of parliament. The future of Canada will be better for it.”


      “What happened to the Canada that could solve national problems, support people in hard times, and improve life for each successive generation? This book provides the answer: twenty years of cumulative tax cuts have undermined the can-do Canada our parents and grandparents built. Better still, it points the way out of this cul-de-sac, beginning with an honest conversation about how we pay for the nation we want to be. It can’t start soon enough.”

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    Blocking Public Participation The Use of Strategic Litigation to Silence Political Expression Byron Sheldrick Canada
    9781554589296 Paperback POLITICAL SCIENCE / Censorship Publication Date:February 18, 2014 Print Run:540
    $29.99 CAD 6 x 9 x 0.5 in | 300 gr | 182 pages Carton Quantity:60 Canadian Rights: Y Wilfrid Laurier University Press
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      Strategic litigation against public participation (SLAPP) involves lawsuits brought by individuals, corporations, groups, or politicians to curtail political activism and expression. An increasingly large part of the political landscape in Canada, they are often launched against those protesting, boycotting, or participating in some form of political activism.

      A common feature of SLAPPs is that their intention is rarely to win the case or secure a remedy; rather, the suit is brought to create a chill on political expression. Blocking Public Participation examines the different types of litigation and causes of action that frequently form the basis of SLAPPs, and how these lawsuits transform political disputes into legal cases, thereby blocking political engagement. The resource imbalance between plaintiffs and defendants allows plaintiffs to tie up defendants in complex and costly legal processes. The book also examines the dangers SLAPPs pose to political expression and to the quality and integrity of our democratic political institutions. Finally, the book examines the need to regulate SLAPPs in Canada and assesses various regulatory proposals.

      In Canada, considerable attention has been paid to the “legalization of politics” and the impact on the Charter in diverting political activism into the judicial arena. SLAPPs, however, are an under-studied element of this process, and in their obstruction of political engagement through recourse to the courts they have profound implications for democratic practice.

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      Byron Sheldrick is chair of the Political Science Department at the University of Guelph. His research involves the intersection of law and politics and the way social movements organize around legal issues. Before joining the University of Guelph he taught at the University of Winnipeg and at Keele University in the United Kingdom.
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      The Hill Times Best Books 2014, Long-listed
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      Blocking Public Participation is both scholarly and accessible, and it makes an important contribution to Canadian political and environmental studies. Making excellent use of cases, the book reveals the extent to which strategic litigation has become a serious threat to public engagement in administrative decision making and critical political discourse. It also sheds light on how the internal logic of civil actions fails to provide disincentives for strategic lawsuits, and on the role of courts in the unwitting suppression of legitimate and otherwise legal expressions of political dissent. In these respects the book is a valuable manifestation of and is a vehicle for mobilizing knowledge among politicians, academics, the general public, and social movement organizations in aid of much-needed political and legal reform.”
      “An erudite examination of how lawsuits brough by individuals, corporations, groups, or politicians have been wielded like a club to beat political activism into submission.... Blocking Public Participation warns of a dangerous and possibly growing new threat to the fundamental principles of democratic government, and is worthy of the highest recommendation for public and college library political science collections.”
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    When Technocultures Collide Innovation from Below and the Struggle for Autonomy Gary Genosko Canada
    9781554588978 Paperback COMPUTERS / Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) Publication Date:October 25, 2013 Print Run:880
    $24.99 CAD 5.25 x 8 x 0.5 in | 260 gr | 222 pages Carton Quantity:52 Canadian Rights: Y Wilfrid Laurier University Press
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      Examines computer hackers, phone phreaks, urban explorers, calculator and computer collectors, “CrackBerry” users, whistle-blowers, Yippies, zinsters, roulette cheats, and chess geeks. The dangers and joys of struggles for autonomy are underlined in studies of RIM’s BlackBerry and Julian Assange’s WikiLeaks website.

      When Technocultures Collide provides rich and diverse studies of collision courses between technologically inspired subcultures and the corporate and governmental entities they seek to undermine. Gary Genosko analyzes these practices for their remarkable diversity and their innovation and leaps of imagination. He assesses the results of a number of operations, including the Canadian stories of Mafiaboy, Jeff Chapman of Infiltration, and BlackBerry users.

      The author provides critical accounts of highly specialized attributes, such as the prospects of deterritorialized computer mice and big toe computing, the role of electrical grid hacks in urban technopolitics, and whether info-addiction and depression contribute to tactical resistance. Beyond resistance, however, the goal of this work is to find examples of technocultural autonomy in the minor and marginal cultural productions of small cultures, ethico-poetic diversions, and sustainable withdrawals with genuine therapeutic potential to surpass accumulation, debt, and competition. The dangers and joys of these struggles for autonomy are underlined in studies of RIM’s BlackBerry and Julian Assange’s WikiLeaks website.

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      Gary Genosko is a professor in and director of the Communication Program at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. He held a Canada Research Chair in Technoculture from 2002 to 2012. He is the author of Remodelling Communication: From WWII to the WWW (2012), Félix Guattari: A Critical Introduction (2009), and co-author, with Scott Thompson, of Punched Drunk: Alcohol, Surveillance and the LCBO (2009).

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      When Technocultures Collide: Innovation from Below and the Struggle for Autonomy by Gary Genosko

      Acknowledgements

      Introduction

      1: Beyond Hands Free: Big-Toe Computing

      2: Cultures of Calculation: William Gibson Collects

      3: Rebel with an IV Pole: Portrait of Ninjalicious as an Urban Explorer

      4: Home-Grown Hacker

      5: Hacking the Grid: Does Electricity Want to Be Free?

      6: Whistle Test: Blindness and Phone Phreaking

      7: In Praise of Weak Play: Against the Chess Computers

      8: CrackBerry: Addiction and Corporate Discipline

      9: WikiLeaks and the Vicissitudes of Transparency

      Conclusion

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    The Legacies of Jean-Luc Godard Douglas Morrey, Christina Stojanova Canada, Nicole Côté Canada
    9781554589203 Paperback PERFORMING ARTS / Film Publication Date:January 02, 2014 Print Run:541
    $48.99 CAD 6 x 9 x 0.58 in | 410 kg | 274 pages Carton Quantity:44 Canadian Rights: Y Wilfrid Laurier University Press
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      The artistic impact of Jean-Luc Godard, whose career in cinema has spanned over fifty years and yielded a hundred or more discrete works in different media cannot be overestimated, not only on French and other world cinemas, but on fields as diverse as television, video art, gallery installation, philosophy, music, literature, and dance.

      The Legacies of Jean-Luc Godard marks an initial attempt to map the range and diversity of Godard’s impact across these different fields. It contains reassessments of key films like Vivre sa vie and Passion as well as considerations of Godard’s influence over directors like Christophe Honoré. Contributors look at Godard’s relation to philosophy and influence over film philosophy through reference to Wittgenstein, Deleuze, and Cavell, and show how Godard’s work in cinema interacts with other arts, such as painting, music, and dance. They suggest that Godard’s late work makes important contributions to debates in memory and Holocaust Studies.

      The volume will appeal to a non-specialist audience with its discussions of canonical films and treatment of themes popular within film studies programs such as cinema and ethics. But it will also attract academic specialists on Godard with its chapters on recent works, including Dans le noir du temps (2002) and Voyage(s) en utopie (2006), interventions in long-running academic debates (Godard, the Holocaust, and anti- Semitism), and treatment of rarely discussed areas of Godard’s work (choreographed movement).

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      Douglas Morrey is an associate professor of French at the University of Warwick. He is the author of Jean-Luc Godard (2005) and the co-author of Jacques Rivette (2009). He is currently researching the legacy of the New Wave in French cinema.

      Christina Stojanova is an associate professor in film and media studies at the University of Regina. She is the co-editor, with Bela Szabados, of Wittgenstein at the Movies (2011). She is currently working on her book on new Romanian cinema.

      Nicole Côté is an associate professor at Université de Sherbrooke. She is a member of VERSUS, a group researching representations intersecting race/gender/ class in literature, video, and cinema. She has published several articles and book chapters, edited two shortstory anthologies, and co-edited three books, most recently, Expressions culturelles des francophonies (2008).


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    Two Bicycles The Work of Jean-Luc Godard and Anne-Marie Miéville Jerry White Canada
    9781554589357 Paperback PERFORMING ARTS / Film Publication Date:August 01, 2013 Print Run:513
    $39.99 CAD 6 x 9 x 0.25 in | 335 gr | 214 pages Carton Quantity:52 Canadian Rights: Y Wilfrid Laurier University Press
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      Two Bicycles examines all of the films, videos, and television works that Jean-Luc Godard and Anne-Marie Miéville, two of the most important postwar filmmakers, did together.

      Jean-Luc Godard and Anne-Marie Miéville worked across forms, across media, and across countries. This book, the first to be devoted specifically to the work they did together, examines the way they expanded the possibilities of cinema by using cutting-edge video equipment in a constant search for a new kind of filmmaking.

      Two Bicycles moves slowly across France and Switzerland, with detours in Quebec, Mozambique, and Palestine. Their amazingly varied body of work includes a twelve-hour television series, some experimental videos, an acclaimed feature film with Isabelle Huppert, a cigarette commercial, and much else. Overall the book shows the degree to which this work departs radically from the legacy of the French New Wave, and in many ways shows signs of having been formed by the distinct culture of Switzerland, to which Godard and Miéville returned in the 1970s to set up their “atelier,” Sonimage.

      Two Bicycles offers a chance to explore a body of work that is as unique and demanding as it is rich and revelatory. Godard and Miéville have worked together for four decades but have never seemed more relevant.

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      Jerry White is Canada Research Chair in European Studies at Dalhousie University. He is the author of numerous books on film, including Two Bicycles: The Work of Jean-Luc Godard and Anne-Marie Miéville (WLU Press, 2013).
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      "Most significantly, one can finally see Miéville outside of a clause with Godard, even as his partner an individual with her own artistic indentity, and an important filmmaker in her own right. Of course, much of this is accomplished implicitly, as White's book is primarily focused on breaking down the films analytically. Indeed, Two Bicycles' first and foremost act of demystification is firmly directed at clarifying the ideas in the work rather than emphasizing the people behind that work. White's readings of the films are refreshingly succinct. With impressive lucidity, he is able to define the parameters of their undertakings: the context of production; Godard and Miéville's living situation (they mostly spent time in both France and their native Switzerland, but also visited Quebec and Mozambique); and their specific interests at the time. Combining this with close inspection of the duo's running obsessions, influences, and political engagement, White comes up with well-informed but distinctly subjective interpretations of their films.... The most considered value of Two Bicycles comes from its imposition of a segmented arc that defines the ever-changing methods and projects throughout the duo's working history.... White articulates it with a sensitive eye and keen, clear prose, making Two Bicycles an important tool for navigating and understanding such a challenging and rewarding body of work."
      "This is a thoughtful, insightful, and revelatory study on a neglected subject that had new things to teach me on almost every page."
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    Ecologies of the Moving Image Cinema, Affect, Nature Adrian J. Ivakhiv Canada
    9781554589050 Paperback PERFORMING ARTS / Film Publication Date:July 25, 2013
    $48.99 CAD 6 x 9 x 1 in | 650 gr | 435 pages Carton Quantity:17 Canadian Rights: Y Wilfrid Laurier University Press
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      Moving images take us on mental and emotional journeys, over the course of which we and our worlds undergo change. This is the premise of Ecologies of the Moving Image, which accounts for the ways cinematic moving images move viewers in ways that reshape our understanding of ourselves, of life, and of the Earth and universe.

      This book presents an ecophilosophy of the cinema: an account of the moving image in relation to its lived ecologies—the material, social, and perceptual relations within which movies are produced, consumed, and incorporated into cultural life. Cinema, Adrian Ivakhiv argues, lures us into its worlds, but those worlds are grounded in a material and communicative Earth that supports them, even if that supporting materiality withdraws from visibility. Ivakhiv examines the geographies, visualities, and anthropologies—relations of here and there, seer and seen, us and them, human and inhuman—found across a range of styles and genres, from ethnographic and wildlife documentaries to westerns and road movies, and from sci-fi blockbusters and eco-disaster films to the experimental and art films of Tarkovsky, Herzog, Greenaway, Malick, Dash, and Brakhage as well as YouTube’s expanding audiovisual universe.

      Through its process-relational account of cinema, drawn from philosophers such as Whitehead, Peirce, and Deleuze, the book boldly enriches our understanding of film and visual media.

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      Adrian Ivakhiv is a professor of environmental studies at the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources, University of Vermont, where he coordinates the graduate concentration in Environmental Thought and Culture. He is the author of Claiming Sacred Ground: Pilgrims and Politics at Glastonbury and Sedona (2001), and of numerous articles in geography, environmental studies, film and cultural studies, and religious studies. His blog, Immanence, can be found at http://blog.uvm.edu/aivakhiv/.
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      Alanna Bondar Memorial Book Prize 2017, Runner-up
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      "A capacious and authoritative ecophilosophy of the cinema [...] build[s] a theoretical framework for understanding the power of cinema both to reveal 'the world' and to create new ways of seeing that world. [...] Ivakhiv's grasp of ecocinema as a body of work is truly impressive. It would be hard to find a film with any hint of an environmental theme that he does not mention and discuss."
      "Ivakhiv, a leading light in the emerging eco-critical film studies, wraps two themes around each other, the cinema of and as ecology. His concern is with how cinema produces worlds, lives, and human subjects intricately implicated in the processes of Earth. Marrying Whitehead, Peirce, and Deleuze with eco-philosophy, Ivakhiv gives us a rich, eloquent, wide-ranging, and moving account of movement: as world, as cinema, and as hope."
      "This is a rich book that I feel is only beginning to reveal its significance to me."
      "Adrian Ivakhiv makes a major contribution to eco-film studies and film philosophy by proposing a process-relational theory of cinemas. The first two chapters give a lengthy exposition of the book's theoretical and philosophical position. Central to a process-relational approach to cinema is the idea that "a film is what a film does" (48). This includes the complex interaction of several processes, "from its making to its viewing to its after-effects, including its reverberation in viewer's perceptions, sensations, conversations, motivations, and attunements to one thing or another in the social and material fields that constitute the world" (48). A.N. Whitehead's process philosophy and Charles Peirce's tripartite phenomenological theory of semiotics provide a complex vocabulary to understand the way cinema creates worlds.... A useful Appendix gives a bullet-pointed summary of its main points and lists pertinent questions that students can ask of a given film in order to do process-relational media analysis.... Ivakhiv's film analysis is superbly researched and insightfully synthesises existing criticism of his chosen films with his Peircian conceptual framework.... The range of reference make it indispensable for anyone interested in studying film from an ecocritical perspective.''
      "not only develop[s] a form of ecocriticism appropriate to cinema, but several different strands of philosophy and film theory are also brought together into a structure that represents a general theory of cinema. ... There are thus two projects underway in this book: one to give an account of how the 'world-making' of cinema connects materially to the world through the 'vectors' of perception, and the other to identify and give an account of films that have historically advanced this understanding of the world as in a continuous process of flux. The two together generate three separately enjoyable products: (1) a history of classic films seen from the perspective of ecological awareness, (2) an ecological ontology of cinema, and (3) a history of ideas knitting together a significant strand of philosophy and film theory building up to an ecology of cinema."
      "Ecologies of the Moving Image is an ambitious book, and a capacious and satisfying one. In addressing 'the wild phantasmagoria of images' among which we live today, Ivakhiv gives us an account that is at once systematic and brimming with rich detail. Moving-image forms both render imaginative worlds to us and help to constitute the world we live in; this book gives us a brilliant process-relational account of both of these dimensions of media experiences."
      "Adrian Ivakhiv's Ecologies of the Moving Image: Cinema, Affect, Nature (2013) is a book that pushes beyond conventional reflections on film and environmental thought. It is, significantly, a book where 'the conceptual' and 'the material' enter into co-productive relationships in and through Ivakhiv's examination of cinema and the worlds it creates.... Its scale and scope exceed the purview of the humanities and offers far-reaching conceptual and methodological insights of interest to anyone attempting to make sense of our contemporary environmental condition."
      "... an exquisite, complex journey through film's capacity to produce worlds [...] an intricate, historically comprehensive edition."
      "Reflecting the interdisciplinarity within environmental humanities, Ivakhiv impressively draws upon a century of film history, as well as critical scholarship from anthropology and geography to discuss an astonishing array of films, including ethnographies, wildlife films, blockbuster science fiction and action cinemas, experimental and essay films, digital cinema, documentaries, animated films, Westerns, road movies, and European art films. ... offers a timely and significant meditation on the material realities of moving images and the shared connections between humans and non-humans which surround them, to the benefit of scholars and graduate students alike."
      "The publication of Adrian J. Ivakhiv's Ecologies of the Moving Image marks an important moment in the development of ecocritical film studies. ... Ivakhiv's book surveys and synthesizes a vast number of critical perspectives and systematically and intelligently analyzes a staggering array of primary texts... Ivakhiv's book will come to be viewed as required reading for the growing ranks of ecocinema scholars."
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    Detecting Canada Essays on Canadian Crime Fiction, Television, and Film Jeannette Sloniowski Canada, Marilyn Rose Canada
    9781554589265 Paperback LITERARY CRITICISM / Mystery & Detective Publication Date:February 18, 2014 Print Run:541
    $39.99 CAD 6 x 9 x 0.75 in | 510 gr | 290 pages Carton Quantity:32 Canadian Rights: Y Wilfrid Laurier University Press
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      The first serious book-length study of crime writing in Canada, Detecting Canada Canada’s most popular crime writers, including Peter Robinson, Giles Blunt, Gail Bowen, Thomas King, Michael Slade, Margaret Atwood, and Anthony Bidulka.

      Genres examined range from the well-loved police procedural and the amateur sleuth to those less well known, such as anti-detection and contemporary noir novels. The book looks critically at the esteemed sixties’ television show Wojeck, as well as the more recent series Da Vinci’s Inquest, Da Vinci’s City Hall, and Intelligence, and the controversial Durham County, a critically acclaimed but violent television series that ran successfully in both Canada and the United States.

      The essays in Detecting Canada look at texts from a variety of perspectives, including postcolonial studies, gender and queer studies, feminist studies, Indigenous studies, and critical race and class studies. Crime fiction, enjoyed by so many around the world, speaks to all of us about justice, citizenship, and important social issues in an uncertain world.

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      Jeannette Sloniowski is an associate professor in the Department of Communication, Popular Culture and Film at Brock University. She is a series editor for the TV Milestones series at Wayne State University Press, author of several journal articles and four edited books including Documenting the Documentary, Slippery Pastimes: Reading the Popular in Canadian Culture (WLU Press, 2002), and Candid Eyes.



      Marilyn Rose is a professor in the Department of English at Brock University. She specializes in modern and contemporary short fiction and poetry as well as detective fiction. She has published articles and book chapters in these areas and, with Jeannette Sloniowski, created and maintains CrimeFictionCanada, a scholarly database dedicated to the study of detective fiction in English around the world.

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        Mostly scholarly book but dealing with a popular topic: mystery writers of Canada. Examines well-known authors such as Peter Robinson, Gail Bowen, Thomas King, Margaret Atwood. Will appeal to select general readers.
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      ``Writers of Canadian crime fiction have learned to gird our loins when we are asked a question that is as irritating as it is inevitable: When are you going to write a real novel? By offering not simply an overview of the history of crime fiction in Canada but thoughtful essays on the themes Canadian crime writers explore and on the roles played by landscape, gender, class, race, and community in our works, Detecting Canada answers that question decisively. Canadian crime writers are writing real novels, and Detecting Canada offers solid evidence to prove the point.''
      ``Detecting Canada is an indispensable landmark in the study of Canadian crime narratives. Its range is remarkable, with the essays covering not only the major practitioners of Canadian crime fiction but also television crime shows and films. This collection will remain a standard resource for many years to come.''
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    The Memory Effect The Remediation of Memory in Literature and Film Russell J.A. Kilbourn Canada, Eleanor Ty Canada
    9781554589142 Hardcover PERFORMING ARTS / Film Publication Date:September 20, 2013 Print Run:533
    $85.00 CAD 6 x 9 x 0.81 in | 620 gr | 364 pages Carton Quantity:14 Canadian Rights: Y Wilfrid Laurier University Press
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      The Memory Effect is a collection of essays on the status of memory—individual and collective, cultural and transcultural—in contemporary literature, film, and other visual media. Contributors look at memory’s representation, adaptation, translation, and appropriation, as well as its mediation and remediation. Memory’s irreducibly constructed nature is explored, even as its status is reaffirmed as the basis of both individual and collective identity.

      The book begins with an overview of the field, with an emphasis on the question of subjectivity. Under the section title Memory Studies: Theories, Changes, and Challenges, these chapters lay the theoretical groundwork for the volume. Section 2, Literature and the Power of Cultural Memory/Memorializing, focuses on the relation between literature and cultural memory. Section 3, Recuperating Lives: Memory and Life Writing, shifts the focus from literature to autobiography and life writing, especially those lives shaped by trauma and forgotten by history. Section 4, Cinematic Remediations: Memory and History, examines specific films in an effort to account for cinema’s intimate and mutually constitutive relationship with memory and history. The final section, Multi-Media Interventions: Television, Video, and Collective Memory, considers individual and collective memory in the context of contemporary visual texts, at the crossroads of popular and avant-garde cultures.

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      Russell J. A. Kilbourn is an associate professor in the Department of English and Film Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University. He is the author of Cinema, Memory, Modernity: The Representation of Memory from the Art Film to Transnational Cinema (2010).

      Eleanor Ty is a professor of English at Wilfrid Laurier University. She has published on contemporary ethnic texts, and on 18th-century British women writers. She is the author of Unfastened: Globality and Asian North American Narratives (2010) and co-editor, with Christl Verduyn, of Asian Canadian Writing Beyond Autoethnography (WLU Press, 2008).
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    Boom! Manufacturing Memoir for the Popular Market Julie Rak Canada
    9781554589395 Paperback LITERARY CRITICISM / American Publication Date:April 24, 2013
    $29.99 CAD 6 x 9 x 0.5 in | 400 gr | 258 pages Carton Quantity:44 Canadian Rights: Y Wilfrid Laurier University Press
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      Since the early 1990s, tens of thousands of memoirs by celebrities and unknown people have been published, sold, and read by millions of American readers. The memoir boom, as the explosion of memoirs on the market has come to be called, has been welcomed, vilified, and dismissed in the popular press. But is there really a boom in memoir production in the United States? If so, what is causing it? Are memoirs all written by narcissistic hacks for an unthinking public, or do they indicate a growing need to understand world events through personal experiences? This study seeks to answer these questions by examining memoir as an industrial product like other products, something that publishers and booksellers help to create.

      These popular texts become part of mass culture, where they are connected to public events. The genre of memoir, and even genre itself, ceases to be an empty classification category and becomes part of social action and consumer culture at the same time. From James Frey’s controversial A Million Little Pieces to memoirs about bartending, Iran, the liberation of Dachau, computer hacking, and the impact of 9/11, this book argues that the memoir boom is more than a publishing trend. It is becoming the way American readers try to understand major events in terms of individual experiences. The memoir boom is one of the ways that citizenship as a category of belonging between private and public spheres is now articulated.

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      Julie Rak is a professor in the Department of English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta. She is the author of Negotiated Memory: Doukhobor Autobiographical Discourse (2004), the editor of Auto/biography in Canada (WLU Press, 2005), and co-editor, with Anna Poletti, of Identity Technologies: Producing Online Selves. Her website can be found at https://sites.google.com/ualberta.ca/julie-rak/home

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      “This is a smart and original work, the product of significant scholarship and energetic legwork. Julie Rak has looked beyond the texts that make up the memoir boom to the circumstances of their production, marketing, selling, and consumption. All students of the genre will benefit from her clear account of complex changes in the publishing and marketing of books. Her analysis greatly advances our understanding of the rise of the memoir and its important role in our cultural life.” – G. Thomas Couser, professor emeritus, Hoftstra University, author of Memoir: An Introduction (2011)

      “Rak brilliantly sheds light on a misunderstood genre and its aficionados in her recent book Boom! Manufacturing Memoir for the Popular Market.... A highly worthwhile read and a compelling analysis of memoir in the first decade of the 21st century.” – Rebecca G. Aguilar, Book Kvetch

      “Here is the first backstory of the memoir boom in America: who reads it, writes it, publishes it, and sells it, and why it is such a necessary part of the way we live now.” – Gillian Whitlock, author of Soft Weapons: Autobiography in Transit (2007)


      “This is a smart and original work, the product of significant scholarship and energetic legwork. Julie Rak has looked beyond the texts that make up the memoir boom to the circumstances of their production, marketing, selling, and consumption. All students of the genre will benefit from her clear account of complex changes in the publishing and marketing of books. Her analysis greatly advances our understanding of the rise of the memoir and its important role in our cultural life.”
      “Here is the first backstory of the memoir boom in America: who reads it, writes it, publishes it, and sells it, and why it is such a necessary part of the way we live now.”
      “This is a smart and original work, the product of significant scholarship and energetic legwork. Julie Rak has looked beyond the texts that make up the memoir boom to the circumstances of their production, marketing, selling, and consumption. All students of the genre will benefit from her clear account of complex changes in the publishing and marketing of books. Her analysis greatly advances our understanding of the rise of the memoir and its important role in our cultural life.”
      “Here is the first backstory of the memoir boom in America: who reads it, writes it, publishes it, and sells it, and why it is such a necessary part of the way we live now.”
      “This is a smart and original work, the product of significant scholarship and energetic legwork. Julie Rak has looked beyond the texts that make up the memoir boom to the circumstances of their production, marketing, selling, and consumption. All students of the genre will benefit from her clear account of complex changes in the publishing and marketing of books. Her analysis greatly advances our understanding of the rise of the memoir and its important role in our cultural life.”
      “Here is the first backstory of the memoir boom in America: who reads it, writes it, publishes it, and sells it, and why it is such a necessary part of the way we live now.”
      “This is a smart and original work, the product of significant scholarship and energetic legwork. Julie Rak has looked beyond the texts that make up the memoir boom to the circumstances of their production, marketing, selling, and consumption. All students of the genre will benefit from her clear account of complex changes in the publishing and marketing of books. Her analysis greatly advances our understanding of the rise of the memoir and its important role in our cultural life.”
      “Here is the first backstory of the memoir boom in America: who reads it, writes it, publishes it, and sells it, and why it is such a necessary part of the way we live now.”
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    Out of Time The Vexed Life of Georg Tintner Tanya Buchdahl Tintner Canada
    9781554589388 Paperback MUSIC / Individual Composer & Musician Publication Date:January 01, 2013
    $39.99 CAD 6 x 9.25 x 1 in | 640 gr | 432 pages Carton Quantity:24 Canadian Rights: Y Wilfrid Laurier University Press
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      Georg Tintner is best known to music lovers for his stunning interpretations of Bruckner's symphonies recorded by Naxos in the 1990s. He was a man who lived and breathed music. Blessed with perfect pitch, at the age of nine he was the first Jew to join the Vienna Boys' Choir. Later, he became immersed in the concert life of the city, rubbing shoulders with Berg, Schoenberg, and Webern, and observing the great conductors of the age. But by the late 1930s Tintner had to flee and he eventually landed in Auckland, New Zealand. There could have been no greater contrast for this gifted young musician, yet he started a new life there before moving on to Australia and, much later, to Canada.

      Tintner's third wife and widow, Tanya, has documented the life of this uncompromising man and the result is a revealing window on to the artistic temperament from the person closest to him. Out of Time is a must-read for everyone who believes in the discipline that excellence in the arts demands – and the pure joy it can bring.

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      Tanya Buchdahl Tintner, Georg’s third wife and widow, is a freelance classical music writer and editor. She has managed a professional development program for conductors for over twenty years and served as concerts officer at the Queensland Conservatorium. She lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

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      "A wonderful biography."
      "I was completely absorbed reading your life of Georg Tintner, Out of Time. I wanted to write and let you know how much I enjoyed and valued it. It is in my view not just an extraordinary story, but also a very significant literary achievement. The research is profound, and your reconstruction of his European youth is truly astonishing.... But equally impressive is the tone: for a spouse to find the right voice to deal with a husband's life is rare indeed—often such works are a disaster. Indeed, I confess to being apprehensive when I opened the book. But I was immediately engrossed: you have dealt with Georg's professional life with authority, balance, and enormous insight, his personal weaknesss and idiosyncrasies handled unsparingly and equitably, even where they are unflattering for him and include the most intimate details of your own time with him. The world of musical scholarship is the better for this work—I was hugely impressed."
      "It is an extraordinary life story that is told here. At times it leaves you seething with anger that such a talent should be wilfully ignored by bureaucrats and mediocrities, pompous little people with prejudices, who had the power to deny opportunities to an artist of such integrity and stature as Tintner; and at times exasperated with Tintner himself whose unbending commitment to often somewhat outlandish eccentricities and principles made him an unattractive candidate for inclusion in the conservative circles of the musical establishment of the post-war antipodean British Commonwealth.... The description of how these [Naxos Bruckner] recordings came about, and the varying circumstances under which they were made, provides an essential adjunct to the performances themselves, adding a dimension that increases their power and profundity. And when you add to this the life-history that led up to them, the greatness of this Bruckner conductor that shines through every performance acquires a back-story that helps to account for and magnify its stature. There is much in this book that is not about Bruckner. There are many valuable observations on the art of conducting—and many extraordinary stories of what following that profession can demand....And there is much in this book that is not about music, or at least not music alone. There are trenchant observations of and on anti-semitism ... on veganism, on friendship, betrayals and mistresses—and on wives and music.... After his death Tanya Tintner spent several years trying to discover who it was she was married to for over 20 years, and what his life had been like before she knew him, conducting over 200 interviews and finally writing this extraordinary memoir.... As you cast your mind back over what you read, you can't help but smile at the absurdities, and then be humbled by the achievements and sheer courage, against all the vexations, of the primary characters of this compelling history."
      ``In the late 1980s, Symphony Nova Scotia attracted an outstanding conductor who subsequently recorded definitive performances of the Bruckner symphonies. This fine biography of the conductor/composer, Georg Tintner, provides a thorough analysis of how yet another refugee from Nazism eventually ended up as a Canadian citizen who notably enriched our culture.''
      ``A remarkable, well-written and frank book.''
      "[Tanya Tintner] gives us something considerably more than an honest effort—a detailed coastline to Tintner's psychic continent, like those Spanish maps of the New World with frilly edges and vast, blank terra incognita interiors. Such a job requires not only perception but a prose supple and clear enough to convey it. I found very little hand-waving here, not attempts to hide ‘don't know’ behind obfuscation and ‘mystical’ hot air. The biographer has put down her best reckoning of one of the most important people in her life.... Tintner's ... eccentricities gave rise to a host of wonderful anecdotes, and his career shows that high art doesn't belong exclusively to the Big Deals the art and hype industry shoves in front of us. A very great musician spent most of his life creating and fostering art in out-of-the-way places. This legacy is as powerful as the recordings and ultimately more influential. The recordings merely let the world at large know what a force Tintner was."
      "An extraordinarily compelling and moving book.... [Tintner's] writing style is clear, elegant and highly expressive."
      "I cannot recommend [the book] highly enough ... a narrative that is a delight to read."
      "[This book is] an amazing achievement ... probably the first-ever realistic biography of an important artist."
      "A brilliant new biography."

      "Scholarly in structure and irresistibly readable."
      "This book ... has been immaculately put together, fully illustrated, footnoted, indexed and deftly written with a candour that usually eludes family members who tackle biographies. Tanya Tintner's long experience as a writer and deep understanding of her fascinating subject is evident on every absorbing page."
      "Buy and read this wonderful book."
      "An important book ... an invaluable book that can be recommended to music lovers just as highly as the conductor's Bruckner recordings on Naxos, which received outstanding reviews ... all over the world."
      "One of the finest biographies I've read ... I'm filled with admiration for the thoughtful job the author has done of it. Elegantly and compassionately written."
      ``[A] compelling account.... For any avid music connoisseur, Tanya Tintner's captivating character study of an eminent 20th-century musician opens a new world. At the same time, one senses the author's search for a person. Despite 23 years of marriage, she wrote, ‘I realised that I hadn't known him nearly as well as I thought.’ And she set out to find him. This book is not just a discovery of a true musician, but also a fascinating yet detailed cultural history of a century.''
      "Vivid, compulsively readable."

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