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Iconographic Remaking and the Politics of Identity

Iconographic Remaking and the Politics of Identity

The Ambiguous Reinvention of the Fête

Chapter:
(p.115) 4 Iconographic Remaking and the Politics of Identity
Source:
Beheading the Saint
Author(s):
Geneviève Zubrzycki
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226391717.003.0004

Chapter 4 tackles the aftermath of the dramatic end to the parade and the institutionalization of the new Québécois identity, still very much a work in progress. Drawing on a range of archival sources as well as on participant observation, the chapter examines the making of that new identity through a reconfiguration of the St-Jean-Baptiste holiday as la Fête nationale, a religio-secular hybrid. It also considers the impact of the 1980 and 1995 referenda as well as the failed Meech Accord of 1989.

Keywords:   fête nationale, national sovereignty, referendum, Meech Lake Accord

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