Writing a New France, 1604-1632

Writing a New France, 1604-1632

by Brian Brazeau
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0754661121

ISBN-13: 9780754661122

Pub. Date: 11/01/2009

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

The focus of this study is the exciting period of French overseas exploration directly following the stagnation caused by the Wars of Religion. The book examines the early period of French involvement in Northeastern America through readings of key texts, principally travel and missionary accounts. Among the works examined are travel writings by Marc Lescarbot

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The focus of this study is the exciting period of French overseas exploration directly following the stagnation caused by the Wars of Religion. The book examines the early period of French involvement in Northeastern America through readings of key texts, principally travel and missionary accounts. Among the works examined are travel writings by Marc Lescarbot (Histoire de la Nouvelle-France) and Samuel de Champlain (Voyages), and missionary works by Gabriel Sagard (Dictionnaire de la Langue Huronne, Histoire du Canada), Jean de Brébeuf, and Paul le Jeune (early Relations de Jésuites). Through a careful examination of these texts, the author discerns a French "rewriting of the self" in relation to the American other, represented by both land and people. America, Brazeau argues, allowed a consolidation of past markers of identity, and forced a radical rereading of others, due to the difficulties presented by the Canadian wilderness and its natives. Writing a New France, 1604-1632 sheds fresh light on a significant moment in French colonial history while providing an innovative contribution to the understanding of early modern French identity and cultural contact.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780754661122
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
11/01/2009
Series:
Transculturalisms, 1400-1700 Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
142
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction; Writing a new France; Part I Land and Language: Changing winter into wine; Translating the new world. Part II Renewal and Religion: Nos ancêtres les Américains; La France Chrétienne ou la France commerçante?: religion, commerce and revised identity; Conclusion; Bibliography; Index.

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