National Performance: Representing Quebec from Expo 67 to Celine Dion by Erin HurleyNational Performance: Representing Quebec from Expo 67 to Celine Dion by Erin Hurley

National Performance: Representing Quebec from Expo 67 to Celine Dion

byErin Hurley

Hardcover | January 1, 2011

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In National Performance, Erin Hurley examines the complex relationship between performance and national identity. How do theatrical performances represent the nation in which they were created? How is Quebecois performance used to define Quebec as a nation and to cultivate a sense of 'Quebec-ness' for audiences both within and outside the province? In exploring Expo 67, the critical response to Michel Tremblay's Les Belles Soeurs, Carbone 14's image-theatre, Marco Micone's writing practices, Celine Dion's popular music, and feminist performance of the 1970s and 80s, Hurley reveals the ways in which certain performances come to be understood as 'national' while others are relegated to sub-national or outsider status. Each chapter focuses on a particular historical moment in Quebec's modern history and a genre of performance emblematic of the moment, and uses these to elaborate the nature of the national performances.

Winner of the Northeast Modern Language Association's Book Prize, National Performance is sophisticated yet accessible, seeking to enlarge the parameters of what counts as 'Quebecois' performance, while providing a thorough introduction to changing discourses of nation-ness in Quebec.

Erin Hurley is a professor of drama and theatre in the Department of English at McGill University.
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Title:National Performance: Representing Quebec from Expo 67 to Celine DionFormat:HardcoverDimensions:264 pages, 9.5 × 6.35 × 0.9 inPublished:January 1, 2011Publisher:University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing DivisionLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1442640952

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Table of Contents

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Preface

  1. Marginals, Metaphors and Mimesis National Construction: Quebec's Modernity at Expo 67
  2. National Reflection: Michel Tremblay's Les belles-soeurs and le nouveau théâtre québécois
  3. National Simulation: Marco Micone's culture immigrée
  4. National Metonymy: Arresting images in the devised works of Carbone 14
  5. National Affection: Céline Dion

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In National Performance, Erin Hurley examines the complex relationship between performance and national identity. How do theatrical performances represent the nation in which they were created? How is Quebecois performance used to define Quebec as a nation and to cultivate a sense of 'Quebec-ness' for audiences both within and outside the province? In exploring Expo 67, the critical response to Michel Tremblay's Les Belles Soeurs, Carbone 14's image-theatre, Marco Micone's writing practices, Celine Dion's popular music, and feminist performance of the 1970s and 80s, Hurley reveals the ways in which certain performances come to be understood as 'national' while others are relegated to sub-national or outsider status. Each chapter focuses on a particular historical moment in Quebec's modern history and a genre of performance emblematic of the moment, and uses these to elaborate the nature of the national performances.Winner of the Northeast Modern Language Association's Book Prize, National Performance is sophisticated yet accessible, seeking to enlarge the parameters of what counts as 'Quebecois' performance, while providing a thorough introduction to changing discourses of nation-ness in Quebec.'National Performance is an engaging, sophisticated, and inventive look at the evolution of Quebec cultural forms. Erin Hurley's analysis is an important update on conceptions of the national in Quebec.' - Sherry Simon, Département d'études françaises, Concordia University