Au Naturel The History of Nudism in Canada Dr. James Woycke spent more than a decade researching the history of
Canadian nudism from Newfoundland to Vancouver island, and in the USA.
Dr. Woycke, a history professor at the University of Western Ontario, reviewed
nearly a century of magazines, records, and correspondence of nudist clubs
and organizations. In addition to those thousands of documents, he interviewed
dozens of naturists from Canadian and Canadian-American clubs. The result
is a fascinating look into the often controversial development of nudism
as it challenged Canadian legal and social norms. Several b&w photos
illustrate early Canadian nudist parks, their members and leaders.
Editorial Reviews Woycke's book is the only developed discussion of the history of Canadian
nudism available in English. He provides a detailed account of the development
of nudist clubs and clothing-optional beaches across Canada. Not a naturist
himself, he has no particular agenda, other than to present a scholarly
and readable history of non-sexualized social nudity in Canada. The footnotes
took up nearly half of the original manuscript, so the publisher decided
to place them online free of charge, rather than to include them with the
text. "Au Naturel: The History of Nudism in Canada" is on a par with Cec
Cinder's "The Nudist Idea" from Ultraviolet Press. Together, they give
an accurate and informative portrayal of the quirkly world of nudism in
North America. - Mark Storey
Nude & Natural, Vol. 22, Issue 4
A magnificent contribution to the study of naturism.
The Bulletin (of the American Association for Nude Recreation), Vol.
52, No. 4
Reads like a novel.
From the Publisher
This is one of the few national books about nudism, and the only one
in English to focus on its history in one country.
About the Author James Woycke, PhD, is a professor of history at the University of Western
Ontario in London, Ontario.
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