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Reviews are 1500 to 2000 words and review essays (focusing on one or more titles) are 2500 to 3500 words. Reviews and review essays take the form of critical engagements with one or more texts and strive to place these text(s) in a broader theoretical, social and/or political context. TOPIA does not publish reviews of films or exhibits but occasionally publishes extended critical commentaries on cultural productions and cultural events in its Offerings section. Authors and publishers who would like to have their books considered for review should contact topiajournal @ TOPIA prioritizes the review of titles by Canadian authors and publishers as well as titles exploring subjects related to Canada, Quebec, and the First Nations, in a global context.

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Taking Up McLuhan's Cause: Pespectives on Media and Formal Causality

Edited By Corey Anton, Robert K. Logan, Lance Strate

2016 | Intellect
Copy Available: Yes

This book brings together a number of prominent scholars to explore a relatively under-studied area of Marshall McLuhan’s thought: his idea of formal cause and the role that formal cause plays in the emergence of new technologies and in structu ...
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Public Service Media Initiatives in the Global South  

Edited By Anis Rahman, Gregory Ferrell Lowe

2016 | Simon Fraser University Library
Copy Available: Yes

This book makes an important and timely contribution to an increasingly global discourse on the meanings, values and roles of public service in media provision today. While acknowledging the significant contributions of the public service broad ...
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Counterblasting Canada: Marshall McLuhan, Wyndham Lewis, Wilfred Watson, and Sheila Watson

Edited By Gregory Betts, Paul Hjartarson, Kristine Smitka

2016 | University of Alberta Press
Copy Available: Yes

In 1914, Wyndham Lewis and Ezra Pound—the founders of vorticism—undertook an unprecedented analysis of the present, its technologies, communication, politics, and architecture. The essays in Counterblasting Canada trace the influence of vorticism ...

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Canadian Graphic: Picturing Life Narratives

Edited By Candida Rifkin, Linda Warley

2016 | Wilfrid Laurier University Press
Copy Available: Yes

Canadian Graphic: Picturing Life Narratives presents critical essays on contemporary Canadian cartoonists working in graphic life narrative, from confession to memoir to biography. The contributors draw on literary theory, visual studies, and cultura ...
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Law, Privacy and Surveillance in Canada in the Post-Snowden Era

Edited By Michael Geist

2015 | University of Ottawa Press
Copy Available: Yes

Years of surveillance-related leaks from US whistleblower Edward Snowden have fuelled an international debate on privacy, spying, and Internet surveillance. Much of the focus has centered on the role of the US National Security Agency, yet there is a ...
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Canadian Countercultures and the Environment

By Colin M. Coates

2016 | University of Calgary Press
Copy Available: Yes

Studies of the radical environmental politics of the 1960s have tended to downplay the extent to which much of that countercultural intellectual and social ferment continued into the 1970s and 1980s. Canadian Countercultures and the Environment adds ...
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How Canadians Communicate: Sports

Edited By David Taras, Christopher Waddell

2016 | Athabasca University Press
Copy Available: Yes

Fewer Canadians than ever are lacing up skates, swimming lengths at the pool, practicing their curve ball, and experiencing the thrill of competition. However, despite a decline in active participation, Canadians spend enormous amounts of time and mo ...
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Cirque Global : Quebec’s Expanding Circus Boundaries

Edited By Louis Patrick Leroux, Charles R Baston

2016 | MQUP
Copy Available: Yes

With a billion-dollar industry centred in Montreal, the province of Quebec has established itself as a major hub for contemporary circus. Cirque du Soleil has a global presence, and troupes such as Cirque Éloize and 7 doigts de la main are state-of-t ...
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Timing Canada: The Shifting Politics of Time in Canadian Literary Culture

By Paul Huebener

2015 | McGill-Queen's University Press
Copy Available: Yes

From punch clocks to prison sentences, from immigration waiting periods to controversial time-zone boundaries, from Indigenous grave markers that count time in centuries rather than years, to the fact that free time is shrinking faster for women than ...
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