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date: 20 July 2019

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The attempts to use drama to define collective identity in what is now Canada began well before the existence of the nation itself and continued through the late twentieth century. The enterprise was always vexed by various difficulties, both practical and philosophical. Nevertheless, the nationalist impulse was a significant motivating force behind the creation of many dramatic works, while of equal or even greater importance has been the use of drama to debunk or at least express skepticism about nationalist myths. This chapter analyzes the history of the often fraught relationship of Canadian drama to nationalism from its beginnings in the colonial period through its height in the years following Canada’s 1967 Centennial celebrations, along with the subsequent turn toward a postnational drama in which identity is framed in the context of international cultural concerns.

Keywords: Canadian drama, nationalism, centennial, postnational, Canada

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