The Haunted Dollhouses of Diana Thorneycroft

  • Peter Hodgins
Keywords: Diana Thorneycroft, A People’s History, colonial, heritage


This article examines Diana Thorneycroft’s alternately playful, ambivalent and critical engagement with contemporary English-Canadian cultural nationalism through a close reading of her 2010 series titled A People’s History. More specifically, it explores how this series represents the latest result of a series of formal experimentations with dolls, the diorama, visual humour and quotations of commodity culture. In bringing together all of these disparate elements, Thorneycroft lures us into the dark side of Canadian national memory, forcing us to accept that sexual predation and colonial violence are also “part of our heritage”.


DOI: 10.1353/jeu.2011.0004

Author Biography

Peter Hodgins

Peter Hodgins is an Assistant Professor in the School of Canadian Studies at Carleton University. His research focuses on the poetics and politics of public memory in contemporary Canada.

How to Cite
Hodgins, P. (2011). The Haunted Dollhouses of Diana Thorneycroft. Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures, 3(1). Retrieved from