From Literary Modernism to the Tantramar Marshes: Anticipating McLuhan in British and Canadian Media Theory and Practice

Paul Tiessen

Abstract


Abstract: This study offers brief sketches of four twentieth-century cultural analysts and activists. It examines their work and illustrates the extent to which a fairly sophisticated McLuhanesque sensibility was operating in Canada in intellectual and government circles from the 1920s to the 1940s, 10 years prior to the arrival of Marshall McLuhan. The four figures are John Grierson, Wyndham Lewis, Graham Spry, and Gerald Noxon, all of whom began their careers in England and played important roles in Canadian media history. Résumé: Cette étude offre de courts sketches de quatre activistes et analystes culturels du vingtième siècle. Elle examine leur travail et illustre qu'une sensibilité McLuhanesque assez sophistiquée opérait au Canada dans les cercles intellectuels et gouvernementaux, entre les années 1920 et 1940, dix ans avant l'arrivée de Marshall McLuhan. Les quatre personnages sont John Grierson, Wyndham Lewis, Graham Spry et Gerald Noxon; tous ont débuté leurs carrières en Angleterre et ont joué d'importants rôles dans l'histoire canadienne des médias.

Keywords


Canadian media theory and practice; British media theory and practice; Marshall McLuhan

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.22230/cjc.1993v18n4a775

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