Journal Article

Lionel Groulx's <i>L'Appel De La Race</i> Revisited

Josef Schmidt

in Literature and Theology

Volume 16, issue 2, pages 148-159
Published in print June 2002 | ISSN: 0269-1205
Published online June 2002 | e-ISSN: 1477-4623 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/litthe/16.2.148
Lionel Groulx's L'Appel De La Race Revisited

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Abbé Lionel Groulx is known for his powerful contribution to the historiography and the nationalist movement in Quebec. He is generally regarded as the spiritual father of ‘la révolution tranquille’ that moved Quebec into the modern age. Among the few fictional works that he wrote, L'appel de la race occupies a unique place in his writing. It is a ‘homecoming’ popular novel which describes in the form of a narrative how an ‘assimilated’ French‐Canadian lawyer returns to his roots and discovers his true identity by rejecting the anglophone environment he has embraced. But this process involves many painful experiences and also reveals, in Groulx's depiction, the intrinsic contradictions of the factual historical situation involving the emergence of the modern collective identity in Québec that was paralleled by secularisation.

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