Contents; Acknowledgements; Preface; Introduction; 1 Concerning Contexture; 2 Reading and Projection; 3 Confederation and the Body of Conflict; 4 Writing a Body of Unity: Rewriting "Canada and the Search for Unity"; 5 Mytho-history to Allegory: Tomorrow's Unity as Patriot's Progress; 6 Misreading Nietzsche, Rewriting Bloom; Afterword; Appendix: Outlining The Report of the Task Force on Canadian Unity; Notes; Bibliography; Index.
Loretta Czernis applies her sociological training in document analysis to study one government prescription for what ails Canadians. The Report of the Task Force on Canadian Unity rewrote Canada by reinventing patriotism, essentially inviting Canadians to imagine a new Canada. The Report itself is the product of what she calls the "federal writing machine" which exists to continually rewrite and thus reinvent Canada. Czernis' contextual reading of the Report occurs on two levels: reading technically, she examines the Report's anonymous writing style that asks readers to imitate its own conclu.
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