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The Quebec difference: language, culture, habits and customs


A.-M. Brousseau


Since November 2006, Canada has recognized that “the Quebecois form a nation within a united Canada”, where “nation” is to be understood as a “cultural-sociological” term. What are the ingredients that make up this cultural-sociological nation? Starting with language, we will look at the status of Quebec French in relationship with other varieties of French in Canada and Europe. We will then turn to religion and retrace its declining power from the 1960s to the current ‘secular’ society. We will then examine Quebec Culture (with a capital C) with special attention paid to songs, movies, and TV shows. Finally, we will tackle many aspects of Quebec culture (with a small c), some of the habits and customs (food, festivals, the great outdoors, shopping) that set apart Québécois from other Canadians. Documents (texts, articles, blogs, movies, TV shows) will be available in French and English. No knowledge of French is required.

Required readings: Consult Instructor

Assignments and evaluation: TBA

Prerequisite: None.

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History of the Department

165 years of French Studies at the University of Toronto (1853-2018)