AU Press – New Publication: van Gogh’s “My Own Portrait in Writing”

“I’d also like to see if I can’t make my own portrait in writing. First I start by saying that to my mind the same person supplies material for very diverse portraits.” ~ Vincent van Gogh, Arles, 1888 Vincent van Gogh’s life and work has been thoroughly studied by art critics, historians, and biographers. We know about the artist’s personal struggles and the development of his … [Read more...]

Mission Life in Cree-Ojibwe Country: Memories of a Mother and Son

In May of 1868, Elizabeth Bingham Young and her new husband, Egerton Ryerson Young, began a long journey from Hamilton, Ontario, to the Methodist mission of Rossville. For the next eight years, Elizabeth supported her husband’s work at two mission houses, Norway House and then Berens River. Unprepared for the difficult conditions and the “eight months long” winter, and unimpressed … [Read more...]

Teaching Crowds: Learning and Social Media

Within the rapidly expanding field of educational technology, learners and educators must confront a seemingly overwhelming selection of tools designed to deliver and facilitate both online and blended learning. Many of these tools assume that learning is configured and delivered in closed contexts, through learning management systems (LMS). However, while traditional "classroom" … [Read more...]

Five hundred thousand downloads and counting

At the launch of AU Press in 2007, Alvin Finkel, a member its editorial committee, told the crowd he is often asked by authors: “Will I make any money if I publish with an open-access press?” He quipped: “Well, you don’t make any money publishing a scholarly monograph anyway, at any press—but AU Press can offer you immortality!” And if download numbers are a further indication … [Read more...]

Film and the City: The Urban Imaginary in Canadian Cinema

Most Canadians are city dwellers, a fact often unacknowledged by twentieth-century Canadian films, with their preference for themes of wilderness survival or rural life. Modernist Canadian films tend to support what film scholar Jim Leach calls “the nationalist-realist project,” a documentary style that emphasizes the exoticism and mythos of the land. Over the past several decades, … [Read more...]

The Letters of Vincent van Gogh: A Critical Study

When he died at the age of thirty-seven, Vincent van Gogh left a legacy of over two thousand artworks, for which he was justly famous. But van Gogh was also a prodigious writer of letters—more than eight hundred of them, addressed to his parents, to friends such as Paul Gauguin and, above all, to his brother Theo. His letters have long been admired for their exceptional literary … [Read more...]

The Acute-Care Nurse Practitioner: A Transformational Journey

From the moment it was first proposed, the role of the nurse practitioner has been steeped in controversy. In the fields of both nursing and medicine, the idea that a nurse practitioner can, to some degree, serve as a replacement for the physician has sparked heated debates. Perhaps for that reason, despite the progress of the nurse practitioner movement, NPs have been reluctant to … [Read more...]

Game-Day Gangsters: Crime and Deviance in Canadian Football

In the complicated interaction between sport and law, much is revealed about the perception and understanding of consent and tolerable deviance. When a football player steps onto the field, what deviations from the rules of the game are considered acceptable? And what risks has the player already accepted by voluntarily participating in the sport? In the case of Canadian football, … [Read more...]

Man Proposes, God Disposes: Recollections of a French Pioneer

"From the edge of the plateau there was a splendid view: the Athabasca, flowing from the east, made a great curve in front of us and carried on towards the village. … At the moment we stopped, we could see lines of ten or fifteen sledges gliding on the trail made in the ice on the river. The view was so panoramic both to our right and our left, and also over the undulations … [Read more...]

Online Distance Education: Towards a Research Agenda

Online Distance Education: Towards a Research Agenda offers a systematic overview of the major issues, trends, and areas of priority in online distance education research. In each chapter, an international expert or team of experts provides an overview of one timely issue in online distance education, summarizing major research on the topic, discussing theoretical insights that … [Read more...]