The John Bullen Prize
Bruce Retallack, “Drawing the Lines: Gender, Class, Race and Nation in Canadian Editorial Cartoons, 1840-1926″, (Department of History, University of Toronto, 2006).
Dr Retallack’s thesis is an outstanding example of cultural historians’ craft. The work is based on extensive, original research, and addresses a little-known theme in Canadian history. Dr Retallack undertook a study of an area which has not been treated in depth by previous scholars. His trans-disciplinary approach enables him to draw upon the methods of history, journalism and history of art. The dissertation is a model of judicious argument and a skilful combination of theory and its practical application. The innovative analysis of images provides us with a deep, well developed and highly readable account of some of the most crucial issues facing the Canadian society during the studied period.