Our Lady of the Snows documents Sarah Bernhardt's visits to Canada between 1880 and 1918, particularly her conflicts with the Archbishops of Montreal and Quebec City. It also examines the response of anglophone and francophone critics to her repertory and her presence in recent Canadian plays, particularly John Murrell's Memoir. It argues that Bernhardt, whose fame and notoriety provoked Quebec's patriarchal clerical establishment, was unwittingly a catalyst stimulating public debate between ultramontane and liberal Roman Catholics about the morality of the theatre which ultimately culminated in the appointment in 1912 of Montreal's first secular theatre censor.
|Publisher:||Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated|
|Series:||Currents in Comparative Romance Languages and Literatures Series , #38|
About the Author
The Author: Ramon Hathorn, an associate professor of French at the University of Guelph, received his Ph.D. in Québécois Literature from the University of Ottawa. A visiting professor in Canadian Studies at the University of Grenoble (1978) and at the University of Augsburg (1986), he has lectured and published widely in Europe and North America. He is co-editor of Images of Louis Riel in Canadian Culture.