Literature and Painting In Quebec: From Imagery to Identity

By William J. Berg

© 2013

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 Quebec contends that both have reflected and fashioned the meaning of French-Canadian nationhood. As such, Literature and Painting in Quebec presents a new perspective to approach the notion of national identity, a quest that few groups have engaged in more persistently than the Quebecois.

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  • Page Count: 394 pages
  • Illustrations: 40
  • Dimensions: 6.1in x 1.1in x 9.0in
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Focusing on the interplay between nature and culture in landscape representation, Literature and Painting in Quebec contends that both have reflected and fashioned the meaning of French-Canadian nationhood.

Literature and Painting In Quebec: From Imagery to Identity

By William J. Berg

© 2013

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 Quebec contends that both have reflected and fashioned the meaning of French-Canadian nationhood. As such, Literature and Painting in Quebec presents a new perspective to approach the notion of national identity, a quest that few groups have engaged in more persistently than the Quebecois.

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Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 394 pages
  • Illustrations: 40
  • Dimensions: 6.1in x 1.1in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    ‘This beautifully illustrated book is very well written and impeccably documented and edited… It deserves a place in any campus or personal library with a significant Quebec component… Highly recommended.’
    A.M. Rea
    Choice Magazine vol 50:06:2013

    ‘This well-written and well-documented interdisciplinary study, juxtaposing literary and pictorial representations of the Quebec countryside... convincingly makes the case for the importance of landscape for understanding the Quebec psyche.’


    Warren Johnson
    The French Review, 88:1:2014

    ‘This is a hefty tome that does honor to its ambition with impressive feats of reading and looking and offers a useful compendium of key texts and paintings for scholarship... a welcome addition to the body of work on art and literature in Québec as an overview of the field and as a foundation for other approaches.’


    William L. Coleman
    American Review of Canadian Studies, 44:3:2014

    ‘William J. Berg provides a comprehensive and interdisciplinary overview of many works by Quebec visual and verbal artists… The quality of Berg’s analysis of particular works of painting and literature is impeccable.’


    Louise H. Forsyth
    University of Toronto Quarterly, 83:2: 2014
  • Author Information

    William J. Berg is a professor in the Department of French and Italian at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

  • Table of contents

    Illustrations
    Acknowledgments

    Introduction: The Landscape of Quebec: Nature and Culture, / Space and Place
    Chapter One: The French Heritage: From Utopia to Eden
    Chapter Two: Race, Place, and Identity in the Nineteenth-Century Short Story
    Chapter Three: The Father's Land Lost: Country Versus versus City in the Early Novel
    Chapter Five: Impressionism and Nationalism in the Early Twentieth-Century
    Chapter Six: Space, Place, and a Race That Will Not Die
    Chapter Seven: Liberation and Modernity in the Wake of the War
    Chapter Eight: From Solitude to Solidarity: La montagne secrète
    Chapter Nine: From Confinement to Constellation: Le premier jardin
    Chapter Ten: ‘My Land(scape) is Winte’
    Conclusion: From Imagery to Identity

    Endnotes
    Works Cited
    Index

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