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Author Hurley, Erin, 1969-

Title National performance : representing Quebec from Expo 67 to Céline Dion / Erin Hurley
Published Toronto [Ont.] : University of Toronto Press, [2010]
Saint-Lazare, Quebec : Canadian Electronic Library, 2011
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Description 1 online resource (ix, 244 pages) : illustrations, portraits, digital file
Series Cultural spaces
Cultural spaces.
Contents Introduction -- Marginals, metaphors, and mimesis -- National construction : Quebec's modernity at Expo 67 -- National reflection : Michel Tremblay's Les belles-soeurs and le nouvesu théâtre québécois -- National simulation : Marco Micone's culture imigrée -- National metonymy : arresting images in the devised works of Carbone 14 -- Naional affection : Céline Dion -- Conclusion : feminist (re)production
Summary 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, Cľine 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
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Includes some text in French
Subject Nationalism -- Québec (Province)
Performing arts -- Audiences -- Québec (Province)
Performing arts -- Social aspects -- Québec (Province)
Theater and society -- Québec (Province)
Theater audiences -- Québec (Province) -- Psychology.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1442686340 (electronic bk.)
9781442686342 (electronic bk.)