Thursday, October 02, 2014

Hating Lightfoot

Sometimes I think Canadian historians are bland and non-confrontational and reluctant to kill the sacred cows.  Then there is Karen Dubinsky:
I recently re-encountered Gordon Lightfoot’s “Canadian Railroad Trilogy” and better appreciated what a testament it is to the progress narrative of settler colonialism. That “green dark forest” “too silent to be real” awaiting the improving gaze (and apparatus) of Europeans; it’s hard to imagine a more fitting soundtrack to Canadian imperial dreams. I always hated that song, now I better understand why.
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