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Untying the Knot

A new book untangles historical confusion and contemporary anxieties about marriage

Thou Art Anxious

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Why digital connections can’t sustain health, happiness or politics

Devon Smither

Devon Smither is a professor of art history and museum studies at the University of Lethbridge. Her doctoral thesis focused on the nude in Canadian painting and photography prior to 1945.

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Devon Smither

No Nudes, Please—We’re Canadian

Our national artistic fixation on landscapes came at a cost May 2017
Wilderness has had a deep and abiding effect on this country’s ideas of northernness, the land, and national and cultural identity. For much of the 20th century, this connection was exemplified in the work of the Group of Seven, who helped cement the relationship between landscape and national identity, as they aimed to provide Canadians with “a shared image of their communion,” to quote Benedict Anderson’s well-known…