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Mary of Canada: Virgin Mary in Canadian Culture, Spirituality, History and Geography Paperback – Dec 12 2003


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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Banff Centre Press; 1 edition (Dec 12 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1894773039
  • ISBN-13: 978-1894773034
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 19.7 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 776 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #953,590 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"In language original in structure and rich in imagery, and with meticulous, far-reaching research, Skogan's unique vision reveals that the ancient, worldwide idea of Mary has penetrated, sometimes unwittingly, into every nook and cranny of Canada. This surprising book is one to be grateful for." —Sharon Butala"Chronicling the presence of the Virgin Mary in Canada, Joan Skogan finds that she saturates the country, from an image that came in with Jacques Cartier to the prayer object of B.C. fishermen. Her book is accessible, non-academic, ranges over geography and literature (Diane Schoemperlen, Margaret Atwood, Katherine Govier and other literary Madonnas) and is full of tender acts of mercy, gleanings from a millennium of history and brilliant flashes of insight, which taken together add up to sacred meaning." —Wayne Grady, The Globe and Mail

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From the Introduction by Kim Echlin

Joan Skogan makes a pilgrimage through our culture and history in this quest for the Virgin Mary in Canada. We may have been unaware of the virgin’s presence in our midst but Joan Skogan shows us how thoroughly Mary’s name is threaded through our geography and our stories. With an historian’s attention to research and a pilgrim’s receptivity, she finds our Canadian Virgin Mary in both unexpected and traditional places, gazing from a Renaissance painting at the Art Gallery of Ontario, waiting in a roadside shrine in Vegreville, Alberta, perched on the dashboard of a car that has run out of gas on a northern highway. Mary of Canada: The Virgin Mary in Canadian Culture, Spirituality, History and Geography is a work of non-fiction, but this book, like art, has the capacity to teach us to see anew what has always been before our eyes. We see how the Canadian Mary has lived among our ancestors, and embraces our current disillusion and aloneness and need for love, a need as urgent as our need for sleep or water. It is Joan Skogan’s particular genius that has also discovered in Mary of Canada a deep fondness for irony and a joyous laughter at the antic human spirit.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tami Brady HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Oct. 7 2007
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Mary of Canada is part art, part spirituality, part history, and part geography book. The author explores associations of the Virgin Mary throughout various aspects of Canadian culture. In undertaking these explorations, the author finds traces of Mary in some very unusual places. One would expect a religious symbol to appear in Catholic churches, cemeteries, and other religiously influenced locations. Statues, paintings, stained glass, and other related works do appear in such locations across Canada. However, the Mary influences I found most intriguing were in secular situations. For instance, the rose as a symbol of Mary or towns, rivers, colleges, and universities named for the Virgin Mary. I also found the use of Mary in advertising quite interesting.

Mary of Canada is beautifully put together with a little something for everyone. The pictures are incredible. I was also impressed by the amount and depth of research that the author put into this text. I had no idea that the Virgin Mary was so entrenched in Canadian history or culture. Many of the things the author mentions, I would not have even thought of as Mary influences until I read this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on April 13 2004
Format: Paperback
Engagingly illustrated with compelling black-and-white photographs, Mary Of Canada: The Virgin Mary In Canadian Culture, Spirituality, History, And Geography by journalist and author Joan Skogan is a thoughtful and original study of the Virgin Mary's perception, incorporation, and frequent presence in Canadian culture. Exploring images and evocations of the Virgin in Canadian literature, history, art, and geography, Skogan deftly takes the reader on an imaginative and engaging tour through Canadian history, the human heart, and Christian spirituality.
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Exploring images and evocations of the Virgin April 13 2004
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Engagingly illustrated with compelling black-and-white photographs, Mary Of Canada: The Virgin Mary In Canadian Culture, Spirituality, History, And Geography by journalist and author Joan Skogan is a thoughtful and original study of the Virgin Mary's perception, incorporation, and frequent presence in Canadian culture. Exploring images and evocations of the Virgin in Canadian literature, history, art, and geography, Skogan deftly takes the reader on an imaginative and engaging tour through Canadian history, the human heart, and Christian spirituality.


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