Discovering the Canadian 1970s

UWinnipeg’s Dr. Andrew Burke (Department of English) has launched a new book titled Hinterland Remixed: Media, Memory, and the Canadian 1970s, (McGill-Queens University Press).

Hinterland Remixed book cover

Hinterland Remixed book cover

Like the flute melody from Hinterland Who’s Who, the 1970s haunt Canadian cultural memory. Though the decade often feels lost to history, Hinterland Remixed focuses on boldly innovative works as well as popular film, television, and music to show that Canada never fully left the 1970s behind.

Burke reveals how contemporary artists and filmmakers have revisited the era’s cinematic and televisual residues to uncover what has been lost over the years. Investigating how the traces of an analogue past circulate in a digital age, Burke digs through the remnants of 1970s Canadiana and examines key audiovisual works from this overlooked decade, uncovering the period’s aspirations, desires, fears, and anxieties.

He then looks to contemporary projects that remix, remediate, and reanimate the period. Exploring an idiosyncratic selection of works – from Michael Snow’s experimental landscape film La Région Centrale, to SCTV’s satirical skewering of network television, to L’Atelier national du Manitoba’s video lament for the Winnipeg Jets – this book asks key questions about nation, nostalgia, media, and memory.

A timely intervention, Hinterland Remixed demands we recognize the ways in which the unrealized cultural ambitions and unresolved anxieties of a previous decade continue to resonate in our current lives.

Dr. Andrew Burke, ©UWinnipeg

Burke is an Associate Professor in the Department of English at UWinnipeg. His research focuses on film and television studies, critical theory, cultural studies, and popular music studies.

Champion of residual media, supporter of melancholic musical forms, lover of slow cinema, digger in the unofficial archives, devotee of the odd and obscure.

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Naniece Ibrahim, Communications Officer, The University of Winnipeg
P: 204.988.7130, E: n.ibrahim@uwinnipeg.ca

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