Index
Welcome
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Dissemination

The Structure of Picturing Canada

This book is arranged chronologically and thematically. We examine the historical context and development and contemporary state of Canadian illustrated books for children, and the simultaneous development of indigenous Canadian publishing for children. We analyse the role of children’s illustrated books within the broader histories of print culture in Canada and the history of childhood in Canada. We also consider the material culture of the illustrated book by exploring both aesthetic and commercial trends in the creation and dissemination of Canadian illustrated books for children and consider their role in the reader’s awareness of the book as a physical and aesthetic object.

 

 
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La Bonne Ménagère
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Whale
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In chapters 2 through 6, we trace the development of children’s publishing and children’s illustrated books from the nineteenth century through the 1980s and document the institutions and organizations that have supported the creation of indigenous publishing in Canada. In chapters 7 and 8, we examine the recent series of challenges to children’s publishing and the strategies and responses of publishers to the changes brought about by globalization.

 

 
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Northern Regions
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Vegetable
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In the final chapter, history, practice, and theory are drawn together as we explore the role of children’s illustrated books in creating, sustaining, and resisting dominant sociocultural themes and images as publishers, authors, illustrators, readers, and critics debate the idea of creating national identities through children’s illustrated books.