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Beheading the Saint: Nationalism, Religion, and Secularism in Quebec

Geneviève Zubrzycki


Beheading the Saint analyzes the genesis and transformation of national identity in Québec from the mid-nineteenth century to the present, with specific attention to the secularization of French Canadianness during the 1960s’ Quiet Revolution. Zubrzycki does so by tracing the symbolic career of St. John the Baptist, the national patron saint, in processions, parades and protests, which, she argues, contributed to the articulation of a new, secular Quebecois identity. She extends her analysis of nationalism, religion and secularism in Québec by examining recent debates on immigration, the reaso ... More

Keywords: nationalism, national identity, religion, secularism, Quebec

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780226391540
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226391717.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Geneviève Zubrzycki, author
University of Michigan