A wide-ranging study that examines everything from the blockbuster movie franchiseLes Boysto the sovereigntist hip hop group Loco Locass,Hockey, PQexplores how Canada's national sport has been used to signify a specific Québécois identity. Amy J. Ransom analyzes how Québécois writers, filmmakers, and musicians have appropriated symbols like the Montreal Forum, Maurice Richard, or the 1972 Summit Series to construct or critique images of the Québécois male.
Close analyses of hockey-themed narratives consider the soap operaLance et compte('He shoots, he scores'), the music of former pro player Bob Bisonnette, folk band Mes Aïeux, rock group Les Dales Hawerchuk, and the fiction of François Barcelo. Through these examinations of the role hockey plays in contemporary francophone popular culture, Ransom shows how Quebec's popular culture uses hockey to distinguish French-Canadians from the French and to rally them against their English-speaking counterparts. In the end, however, this study illuminates how the sport of hockey unites the two solitudes.
Subjects: Art & Art History, Language & Literature, Sociology
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