Paul Litt

Paul Litt is a historian who is cross-appointed between the Department of History and the School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies at Carleton University in Ottawa.

His area of specialization is twentieth-century Canada, with particular interests in:

  • Cultural Nationalism & Cultural Policy
  • Public History & Memory
  • Media & Politics


Scholarly Articles/Chapters

Chapters in Edited Books

“State Investigation and Support for the Book,” in Carole Gerson and Jacques Michon, eds., History of the Book in Canada, Volume III,1918-1980, Toronto/Montreal: University of Toronto Press/Les Presses de l’Université de Montréal, 2007.

“Canada Invaded!: The Great War, Mass Culture, and Canadian Cultural Nationalism,” in Canada and the First World War, Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2005.

"Imagining a Nation: Cultural Nationalism and Cultural Policy," in Canada: Confederation to the Present (CD-ROM), Edmonton: Chinook Multimedia, 2001.

Articles in Refereed Journals

“Trudeaumania: Participatory Democracy in the Mass-Mediated Nation,” Canadian Historical Review, 89, 1 (March 2008).

"Pliant Clio and Immutable Texts: The Historiography of a Historical Marking Program," The Public Historian, 19, 4 (Fall 1997): 7-28.

"The Massey Commission, Americanization, and Canadian Cultural Nationalism," Queen's Quarterly, 98, 2 (Summer 1991): 375-87.

"The Cultivation of Progress: Sara Jeannette Duncan's Social Thought," Ontario History, 80, 2 (June 1988): 97-119.

Articles in refereed conference proceedings:

"The Apotheosis of the Apothecary: Retailing and Consuming the Meaning of a Historic Site," Journal of the Canadian Historical Association, 10, 1999: 297-321.

"The Massey Commission as Intellectual History: Matthew Arnold Meets Jack Kent Cooke," Canadian Issues, 12 (1989): 23-34.

Review Articles

“The Cult of Nation and the Gnat of Culture,” Acadiensis XXXVIII, 2 (November, 2009) 150-58.


CDNS 1000

Introduction to Canadian Studies

HIST 1300

Introduction to Canadian History

CDNS 2300

Critical Nationalism

HIST 3903

The Sixties

HIST 3903

The Media in Canadian Political History

CDNS 4200

Canadian Popular Culture

HIST 4302

English Canadian Cultural Nationalizm, 1867-1988

HIST 4915

Cultural History of Tourism in Canada

CDNS 5001

Concepts of Canada
M.A. Core Seminar

CDNS 5302

Canadian Cultural Policy

HIST 5700

Introduction to Public History

CDNS 6900

National Dreams and State Formation
PhD Core Seminar


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