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Literature and painting in Quebec : from imagery to identity /
William J. Berg.
Toronto : University of Toronto Press, c2012.
xii, 382 p., 16 p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm.
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Toronto : University of Toronto Press, c2012.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2013-02-01:
Berg (Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison) examines writers from Cartier and Champlain to Vigneault, Carrier, and Proulx, showing parallels with visual artists from Gastaldi and "Anonymous" to Raynald Leclerc and Mabel May (including those who have illustrated certain of the texts, most notably Louis Hemon's Maria Chapdelaine). Each chapter treats recurrent images of the Quebec landscape (for example, tree, river, mountain, garden) or representative figures (coureur de bois, voyageur, or artist) and associated themes--particularly the quest for identity--in writing and painting. Often, such ambitious surveys exclude women or, at best, minimize their contributions. Such is not the case here, especially for writers, with chapters featuring Laure Conan, Gabrielle Roy, Ann Hebert, and Monique Proulx; female painters are Conan and May. Berg excels in detailed stylistic analysis of both literary and pictorial works. This beautifully illustrated book (with 16 color plates) is very well written and impeccably documented and edited. Unique in English in its sweeping comparative coverage of the two arts in Quebec, this volume joins Berg's related Imagery and Ideology: Fiction and Painting in Nineteenth-Century France (CH, May'08, 45-4856). It deserves a place in any campus or personal library with a significant Quebec component. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above; general readers. A. M. Rea emerita, Occidental College
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This unique study explores how Quebec's landscapes have been represented in both literature and visual art throughout the centuries, from the writing of early explorers such as Cartier and Champlain to work by prominent contemporary authors and artists from the province. William J. Berg traces recurrent images and themes within these creations through the most significant periods in the development of a Quebecois identity that was threatened initially by the wilderness and indigenous populations, and later by the dominance of British and American influences. Focusing on the interplay between nature and culture in landscape representation, Literature and Painting in Quebeccontends that both have reflected and fashioned the meaning of French-Canadian nationhood. As such, Literature and Painting in Quebecpresents a new perspective to approach the notion of national identity, a quest that few groups have engaged in more persistently than the Quebecois.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrationsp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introduction: The Landscape of Quebec: Nature and Culture, Space and Placep. 3
The French Heritage: From Utopia to Edenp. 13
Race, Place, and Identity in the Nineteenth-Century Short Storyp. 37
The Father's Land Lost: Country versus City in the Early Novelp. 66
New Horizons in the Late Nineteenth-Century Novelp. 97
Impressionism and Nationalism in the Early Twentieth Centuryp. 131
Space, Place, and a Race That Will Not Diep. 155
Liberation and Modernity in the Wake of the Warp. 190
From Solitude to Solidarity: La montagne secretep. 216
From Confinement to Constellation: Le premier jardinp. 241
'My Land(scape) is Winter'p. 269
Conclusion: From Imagery to Identityp. 299
Notesp. 311
Works Citedp. 347
Indexp. 373
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