Literature as a tool of social control: The poetry of the French-Canadian intellectual elite, 1838-1859.

Erin L. Williams
An analysis of literature from an historical perspective brings to light the cultural change experienced by French-Canadian society during the first two decades of the Union period. French-Canadian poetry from 1838 to 1859 reflected the onset of conservative nationalism that would shape Quebec society until the Quiet Revolution. The French-Canadian intellectual elite made increasing use of poetry published in a growing number of newspapers to influence public opinion. By identifying the themes and techniques evident...
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