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SISCA 600 Readings in Québécois History and Identity

November 30, 2008

by Natalie Debray, Lecturer

Above: Canadian Studies FLAS students attend the first inaugural Foreign Language and Area Studies Reception for the Jackson School of International Studies. From left, Erin Maloney, FLAS Fellow, Ethnomusicology, French; Daniel Hart, Chair, Canadian Studies; Dvorah Oppenheimer, Administrator, Jackson School; Tim Pasch, FLAS Fellow, Communication, Inuktitut; Julia Miller, FLAS Fellow, Linguistics, Dane-Zaa.

In Fall Quarter 2008, Natalie Debray, Communication and former FLAS Fellow, provided an independent study to 2008-09 FLAS Fellow, Erin Maloney, Ethnomusicology to enable Erin to gain enhanced language acquisition while developing a stronger foundation in Québec history and culture.

This course examined key readings in Québécois identity construction, paying particular attention to the Québec-France relationship and how this has played in role in Québec nation-building efforts since the 19th Century. This course also provided definitions and concepts germane to Québec identity construction as discussed by significant scholars in the field of Québec studies, including La Survivance, Québecois de Souche, Pure Laine, La Conquete, among others. The aim of the course was to provide a foundation on which to build further research in Québec culture and identity. The course combined seminal readings in both French and English. Discussions of the readings were held in French.

Click here to read the course syllabus.