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The Iconic Making of French Canadianness

The Iconic Making of French Canadianness

(p.37) 2 The Iconic Making of French Canadianness
Beheading the Saint
Geneviève Zubrzycki
University of Chicago Press

Chapter 2 discusses the construction of Catholic French Canadian identity in the mid-nineteenth century and its narrative elaboration in the figure of St. John the Baptist. The chapter discusses the broad historical and political contexts in which the ethno-religious vision of French-Canadianness was discursively articulated and analyzes the narrative’s iconic embodiment in the Saint by looking at his representations in popular iconography and performances in nineteenth-century processions and twentieth-century parades. The author explains why and how that specific vision of national identity flourished, becoming the dominant version of national identity from the mid-nineteenth century until the Quiet Revolution.

Keywords:   Patriots’ Rebellions, clerical nationalism, Catholic Church, St John the Baptist, St-Jean-Baptiste

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