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Fur Nation

From the Beaver to Brigitte Bardot

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Fur Nation by Chantal Nadeau
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Fur Nation traces the interwoven relationships between sexuality, national identity, and colonialism. Chantal Nadeau shows how Canada, a white settler colony, bases its existence and its nationhood on a complex sexual economy based on women wrapped in fur. Nadeau traces the centrality of fur through a series of intriguing case studies, including: Hollywood's take on the 330 year history of the Hudson Bay Company, founded to exploit Canada's rich fur resources the life of a postwar fur fashion photographer a 1950s musical called Fur Lady the battle between Brigitte Bardot's anti-fur activists and the fur industry. Nadeau highlights the connection between 'fur ladies' - women wearing, exploiting or promoting furs - and the beaver, symbol of Canada and nature's master builder. She shows how, in postcolonial Canada, the nation is sexualised around female reproduction and fur, which is both a crucial factor in economic development, and a powerful symbol through which the nation itself is conceived and commodified. Fur Nation demonstrates that, for Canada, fur really is the fabric of a nation.

Author Biography

Chantal Nadeau is Associate Professor of Communication Studies at Concordia University, Montreal.
Release date NZ
June 28th, 2001
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Imprint
Routledge
Pages
256
Dimensions
156x234x18
ISBN-13
9780415158732
Product ID
1679008

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