Film Studies Publications

Title

Imaging Canada: The Singing Mountie and Other Commodifications of Nation

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1998

Journal

Canadian Journal of Communication

Volume

23

Issue

4

Abstract

The trajectory of the Mountie as an authoritarian and authenticating sign in narratives of Canada may be organized around at least three categories: the material history of the Mountie as an agent of a globally British and locally Canadian imperialism, the celebratory romanticization of that history, and parodic interventions into this myth making. The essay traces this trajectory to consider the political ramifications for translating the Canadian state police into cinematic and televisual commodities that stand in for nation.

Notes

Dr. Christopher Gittings is currently a faculty member at The University of Western Ontario.