North of Empire: Essays on the Cultural Technologies of Space.
Durham: Duke University Press, 2009.
“Jody Berland’s North of Empire is an astute, compelling retrospective of half a career’s thought on media spaces from a distinctly Canadian perspective. It is the best book in a generation to argue for the value of a Canadian approach to cultural studies, not just parochially but as a critical contribution to the contemporary study of culture anywhere.”
—Paul S. Moore, Canadian Journal of Communication
“To the historian, North of Empire provides a useful snapshot of the past twenty years in Canadian-American relations… [and] contributes significantly to the historiography of media by reintroducing the work of Innis to the study of contemporary media in Canada and elsewhere.”
—Jonathan Trutor, History: Reviews of New Books
“Since its inception, cultural studies has gained a great deal from Canadian writers, in part because of the particular perch they occupy over the behemoth below them. Jody Berland has been one of those distinguished authors. North of Empire is a grand statement of her theoretical and political positions and a wonderful reservoir drawn from her rich research. It will be a landmark.”
—Toby Miller, author of Makeover Nation: The United States of Reinvention
“This is a major work by one of the most original and influential thinkers working on the intersection of communication with cultural studies in the world today. Jody Berland is a writer of intense clarity and beautiful style, with an astonishing capacity to move fluidly between aesthetic, social, political, historical and technical frames of thought. North of Empire shows us how to think profoundly, again, about space and why it matters.”
—Meaghan Morris, Lingnan University (Hong Kong) and University of Sydney (Australia)
“North of Empire is a good example of what a renewed interest for the dialogue between theory and practice in cultural analysis may signify –and why it’s a good thing to go back to the basic stance of what cultural studies is standing for.”
—Jan Baetens, Leonardo Reviews
“[Berland] convincingly suggests in the postscript that, as conscientious academics and global citizens, ‘[w]e need to learn new ways of thinking and talking just to defend the thinking and spaces for talking we already have’ (307). The chief accomplishment of North of Empire is that it not only fulfills this mandate but also challenges others to do the same.”
—Brooke Pratt, English Studies in Canada
“For the digital humanities, Berland’s book opens up ways of talking about technology that do not mistake people for machines but rather understand how people and machines come together in the subjectivities North of Empire. It puts into perspective how deeply so many of our common academic pursuits are connected, even in the most ordinary sights and sounds, and how thrilling their exploration can be.”
—Megan Varelmann, E3W Review of Books
Cultures of Militarization: Special Issue of TOPIA: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies; No. 23-24.
Edited with Blake Fitzpatrick.
Cape Breton University Press and Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2010.
Cultural Capital: A Reader on Modernist Legacies, State Institutions, and the Value(s) of Art.
Edited with Shelley Hornstein.
McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2000.
Theory Rules: Art and Theory/Theory as Art.
Edited with Will Straw and David Tomas.
YYZ/University of Toronto Press, 1996.