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Beheading the SaintNationalism, Religion, and Secularism in Quebec$
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Geneviève Zubrzycki

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780226391540

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226391717.001.0001

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Iconographic Remaking and the Politics of Identity

Iconographic Remaking and the Politics of Identity

The Ambiguous Reinvention of the Fête

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Beheading the Saint

Geneviève Zubrzycki

University of Chicago Press

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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