Founded In    1970
Published   3/year
Language(s)   English, French

Fields of Interest



ISSN   0007-7720

E-ISSN: 1710-114X

Publisher   University of Toronto Press - Journals
Editorial Board

Editor - Priscilla Walton Priscilla L. Walton is Professor of English at Carleton University, and is also an Associate faculty member in Communication and Film Studies. She is the author of Our Cannibals, Ourselves: The Body Politic (Illinois, 2004), Patriarchal Desire and Victorian Discourse: A Lacanian Reading of Anthony Trollope's Palliser Novels (Toronto, 1995), and The Disruption of the Feminine in Henry James (Toronto, 1992). She is the co-author, along with Manina Jones, of Detective Agency: Women Rewriting the Hardboiled Tradition (California, 1999), and, along with Jennifer Andrews and Arnold E. Davidson, of Border Crossings: Thomas King's Cultural Inversions (Toronto, 2003). She co-edited Pop Can: Popular Culture in Canada (Prentice-Hall, 1999), and edited the Everyman Paperback edition of Henry James's The Portrait of a Lady.

Editorial Address Canadian Review of American Studies Priscilla Walton Department of English Carleton University Ottawa, ON K1S 5B6

Associate Editors

Sherrill Grace, English, University of British Columbia

Yuko Matsukawa, English, SUNY Brockport

Bruce Tucker, History, University of Windsor

Michael Zeitlin, English, University of British Columbia

Review Editors

Michael Dorland, Journalism and Communication, Carleton University

Jennifer Harris, English, Mount Alison University

Editorial Board

Martha Banta, English, UCLA William Boelhower, American Literature, University of Texas

Gert Buelens, English, Ghent University

Jill Conway, History, MIT

Thadious Davis, English, Brown University

Frances Early, History/Women's Studies, Mount St. Vincent University

Michael Fellman, History, Simon Fraser University

Serge Guilbaut, Fine Art, University of British Columbia

Harry H. Hiller, Sociology, University of Calgary

Linda Hutcheon, English, University of Toronto

Michael Hutcheon, University Health Network, University of Toronto

Victor Konrad, Geography & Environmental Studies, Carleton University

Rob Kroes, American Studies, University of Amsterdam

Yves Laberge, Philosophy, Laval University

Linda Maram, Ethnic Studies, California State University at Long Beach

John S. Martin, English, University of Calgary

Robert K. Martin, Études anglaises, Universite de Montreal

Michèle Mendelssohn, Oxford University

Stuart J. Murray, English, Carleton University

Jeanne Perreault, English, University of Calgary

Ernest Redekop, English, University of Western Ontario

Jean Edward Smith, Political Science, University of Toronto

David Thelen, History, Indiana University

Marcia Valiante, Law, University of Windsor

Mary Helen Washington, English, University of Maryland

Submission Guidelines and Editorial Policies

Submission Guidelines and/or Editorial Policies
The journal publishes articles, review articles, and short reviews whose purpose is the multi- and interdisciplinary analysis and understanding of the culture, both past and present, of the United States and of the relations between the cultures of the United States and Canada. We invite contributions from authors in all relevant scholarly disciplines related to the study of the United States, in English or in French.

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» Call for Papers - Death in the Cityscape

Call for Papers - Canadian Review of American Studies
Death in the Cityscape

In contemporary literature, the intersection of the space of death and mourning within the confines of the city acts as a method of critiquing our understood modes of living. Since Plato’s Republic, the uneasy interplay of death and memorialization within the polis has been considered. Theorists like Gillian Rose in Mourning Becomes the Law and Sharon Zukin in Naked City have elaborated upon the discourse of space, death, and mourning within an urban setting. This issue of finding a space within the city for the dead remains with us, and recent American economic turmoil places the urban metropolis and its spaces of decay in sharp focus (seen in novels like Teju Cole’s Open City, television shows like The Wire and movies such as Synecdoche, New York). Where in the city is death (dis)allowed? Under what authority does the city, as a social nexus point, memorialize the dead? How does art work in concert with, or against, accepted practices of mourning and memorializing within the city limits? Can one mourn the passing of a city and, if so, how is this enacted? While this abstract focuses primarily on contemporary American work, we welcome papers related to any period of American urban history.

We invite scholarly articles on this topic in any genre of American studies. Submissions should be no more than 8000 words in length. Abstracts of no more than 250 words will be accepted until December 1, 2014. Completed articles must be submitted by April 1, 2015.

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Possible topics may include:
- Death’s relationship to identity in the American city
- American Cities Characterized
- Post-9/11 American Cities and Identity
- Death and Mourning in the City
- Death and Public Art
- Memorials and Public Mourning
- Urban American: Recession and After

- African-American
- Children’s Literature
- Cultural Studies and Historical Approaches
- Ecocriticism and Environmental Studies
- Ethnicity and National Identity
- Film and Television
- Gender Studies and Sexuality
- Interdisciplinary
- Literary Modernism
- Popular Culture
- Postcolonialism
- Postmodernism and Postmodern culture
- Theatre Studies
- Twenty-First Century Literature
- Visual Art and Culture

» Canadian Review of American Studies - Volume 44, Number 3, Fall 2014

Now available online…
Canadian Review of American Studies - Volume 44, Number 3, Fall 2014

» Ceasefire or New Battle? The Politics of Culture Wars in Obama’s Time

With the 2012 U.S. Presidential race in its closing stages, this very timely special issue aims to generate a deeper understanding of the U.S. culture wars. The issue contributes to the ongoing debates on whether or not there are culture wars currently underway in the U.S. and, if there are, who is waging these wars and what are the strategies and motivations behind them. The issue addresses four key research questions - Is a culture war really underway in America?; Is this ‘war�(tm) only between activists and politicians?; Who are the main actors in these wars and how do they try to reach their goals?; and Have we been witnessing a ceasefire in (or transformation of) America�(tm)s culture wars since Obama�(tm)s election in 2008? Guest Editor - Fr�(c)d�(c)rick Gagnon

» States of Emergency: Anxiety, Panic, Nation now available


Canadian Review of American Studies


Canadian Review of American Studies is published three times a year by the Canadian Association for American Studies with the support of Carleton University. It publishes essays, review essays and shorter reviews whose purpose is the multi- and inter-disciplinary analysis and understanding of the culture, both past and present, of the United States - and of the relations between the cultures of the U.S. and Canada. It invites contributions from authors in, and outside, all relevant scholarly disciplines, in English and French. Canadian orders include membership in the Canadian Association for American Studies. E-ISSN: 1710-114X ISSN: 0007-7720

COMPLETE ARCHIVE NOW AVAILABLE! Canadian Review of American Studies Online now offers a comprehensive resource for the best work being done in American Studies today. CRAS Online now includes the complete archive of current and previously published articles - more than 1200 articles, reviews and commentaries - going back to 1970(issue1.1). Canadian Review of American Studies is available online at Project MUSE - CRAS Online -


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2005, Vol. 35, No. 1

Between a Frock and a Hard Place: Camp Aesthetics and Childrens Culture

In exploring camp and childrens culture, we raise the following contrasting viewpoints. The conventionally accepted view, derived from Susan Sontags Notes on Camp, is that camp is a style or a sensibility (2757). More recent queer accounts of camp see it as an oppositional critique (of gender and sexuality) embodied in a queer performative identity (Butler 2336). Camp is also a social practice for many, and a style and an identity performed in many types of entertainment (for example: film, cabaret, and pantomime). In this respect, it is indicative of the competing and conflicting cultural elements within Western societies. Such conflict heightens the visibility of difference particularly with respect to queer communities, and the blurring of gender/sexual identity as a singular, homogenous entity. In other words, camp sensibility and camp performance embrace difference while they also gather performers into communities we might label queer. Queer communities differ from non-queer communities and defer any notion of stability. Both queer and camp are outside notions of stability; they are border activities.

Other Issues

Aesthetics of Renewal; or, Everything Old Is New Again , Volume 44, Number 2, Summer 2014
Canadian Review of American Studies 42.3, December 2012 - Ceasefire or New Battle? The Politics of Culture Wars in Obama's Time , Volume 42, Number 3
Fall 2014, Volume 44, Number 3
Special Issue: States of Emergency: Anxiety, Panic, Nation, Volume 42, Number 1