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Fact or fiction : L'Histoire du Canada and its influence on French Canadian novels

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Fact or fiction : L'Histoire du Canada and its influence on French Canadian novels

McNamara, Josephte Isabel (1998) Fact or fiction : L'Histoire du Canada and its influence on French Canadian novels. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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In 1845, Francois-Xavier Garneau published L'Histoire du Canada depuis sa decouverte jusqu'a nos jours. Garneau' s history, focusing on the development of New France from 1534 until 1841, was undertaken in response to Lord Durham's Report (1839) in which Durham stated that French Canadians were a people without a history or a literature. The popularity and success of Garneau's narrative led to his being coined "historien national" and to the emergence of nationalist literature in French Canada. His text provided novelists with an abundance of recognizable images which are found in novels written from 1846 to 1981. Drawing on Hayden White's study of the writing of history and the narrative structures used by historians, this thesis will analyze the presentation of Garneau's data, the ideology found in his text, and the influence it has had on French Canadian fiction. Specifically, three types of novels will be studied: "le roman de la terre", "le roman historique" and "le roman contemporain"

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > English
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:McNamara, Josephte Isabel
Pagination:vi, 119 leaves ; 29 cm.
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:Theses (M.A.)
Program:Dept. of English
Date:1998
Thesis Supervisor(s):Groening, Laura
ID Code:513
Deposited By:Concordia University Libraries
Deposited On:27 Aug 2009 13:12
Last Modified:08 Dec 2010 10:15
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