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Europe – Canada

Transcultural Perspectives- Perspectives transculturelles

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Edited By Klaus-Dieter Ertler, Martin Löschnigg and Yvonne Völkl

As a result of its colonial past, Canadian culture has been shaped by French, British and other European influences; since the second half of the twentieth century, however, large-scale immigration from Asia, Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America and the Middle East, as well as economic and cultural globalization and the recognition of the cultural significance of the country’s First Nations have transformed Canadian society, and this transformation has affected the European dimension of Canada’s cultural heritage, too. The publication addresses the role of this dimension in the collective consciousness of contemporary Canada and the complexities of Canadian-European political and cultural relations at the beginning of the twenty-first century.
En raison de son passé colonial, la culture canadienne a été façonnée par des influences françaises et britanniques ainsi que par d’autres cultures européennes. Cependant, à partir de la deuxième moitié du 20 e siècle, l’immigration importante de l’Asie, de l’Afrique, des Caraïbes, de l’Amérique latine et du Proche-Orient, la globalisation économique et culturelle ainsi que la reconnaissance officielle des Premières Nations ont transformé la société canadienne. Cette transformation a également eu des conséquences sur la dimension européenne de l’héritage culturel du Canada. Le livre aborde le rôle de cette dimension dans la conscience collective du Canada contemporain et la complexité des relations politiques et culturelles entre l’Europe et le Canada au début du 21 e siècle.

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Martin Löschnigg: Canada in Flanders – Flanders in Canada: Canadian Literature and the Memory of the First World War

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János Kenyeres 212 TELEKY, Richard: “Budapest Boy in Canada”. Canadian Literature 214 (Autumn 2012) 189- 190. VANDERMEER, Jeff: “‘Siege 13,’ stories of Budapest, by Tamas Dobozy”. The Washington Post 2013 (February 8, 2013), http://articles. washingtonpost.com/2013-02-08/entertain- ment/36990259_1_siege-haunts-stories-arrow-cross-party WIERSEMA, Robert J.: “Siege 13”. Quill & Quire 78, 2012, 9, 23. Canada in Flanders – Flanders in Canada: Canadian Literature and the Memory of the First World War Martin Löschnigg (Graz, Austria) Canada was a new-made land, born out of trial and struggle; World War I, though it […] had exacted losses far worse than any previous conflict, would not destroy the nation. Like the events depicted in the All Canada window – the driving of the last spike, the fall of Wolfe on the Plains of Abraham, and the return of the Loyalists – the First World War would be remembered as a formative event in Canadian history, one that had tempered the raw youth of the nation into a formidable adulthood. (Fisher 2003, 14) The Great War of 1914-18 has become a Canadian foundation myth. It has been interpreted as the birth of the Canadian nation in the mud of Flanders, and in the victories of the battlefield. As Canadians fought with distinction on the side of the British, thus the national myth, the dominion’s support of the mother country won it the respect that led to Canada’s full sovereignty. The nation-building myth about the war fulfilled an important consolatory function, providing a way of making sense of loss and...

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