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Dittmer, Jason and Soren Larsen. "Captain Canuck, audience response, and the project of Canadian nationalism." Social & Cultural Geography 8. (2007): 735–53. 
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Resource type: Journal Article
Language: en: English
Peer reviewed
DOI: 10.1080/14649360701633311
BibTeX citation key: Dittmer2007
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Categories: General
Keywords: "Captain Canuck", Canada, Geography, Identity, Space
Creators: Dittmer, Larsen
Collection: Social & Cultural Geography
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This paper addresses the role of comic books in interpellating national identities, locating the process of national identity formation in the interplay between popular culture producers and their audiences as described by Althusser (1977) and McGee (1975). The empirical section of this paper focuses on Captain Canuck, a Canadian-produced comic book originating in the 1970s and sporadically published through the present day. The authors engaged in a qualitative content analysis of the Captain Canuck comic books, searching for themes and markers of Canadian-ness and looking for audience identifications with those themes and markers in the ‘letter to the editor’ columns published within the comic books themselves. The study finds that through the many incarnations of Captain Canuck various versions of Canadian identity have been projected, with varying degrees of support by the readership. The role of the USA in Canadian identity formation looms large, especially in the positioning of Canadian quality and multiculturalism against the tacitly American lack thereof. Another finding of this research is that there has been a fundamental change in the way Canadian identity is structured as a new, commercially driven Canadiana culture industry has arisen since the 1970s.
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