National Manhood and the Creation of Modern Quebec

Jeffery Vacante

  • Published: 2017. Paperback February 2018
  • Subject Listing: Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; History / Canadian History
  • Bibliographic information: 252 pp., 6 x 9 in.
  • Territorial rights: US rights only
  • Distributed for: UBC Press
  • Contents

This perceptive intellectual history explores the role of manhood in French Canadian culture and nationalism. In the late nineteenth century, Quebec was still an agrarian society and masculinity was rooted in the land and the family and informed by Catholic principles of piety and self-restraint. As the industrial era took hold, a new model of manhood was forged, built on the values of secularism and individualism. Vacante's analysis reveals how French Canadian intellectuals defined masculinity in response to imperialist English Canadian ideals. This "national manhood" enabled French Canadian men to participate in a modern, industrial economy while asserting their cultural authority.
Jeffery Vacante is assistant professor in the Department of History at the University of Western Ontario.

"National Manhood offers a fresh and challenging new perspective on many of the key topics of Quebec history, including nationalism, the state, and the transition to modernity. Vacante suggests that, by taking seriously the ideas of masculinity as celebrated and debated by Quebec intellectuals, we can see these important topics anew."
-Christopher Dummitt, author of The Manly Modern: Masculinity in Postwar Canada

"With this original, theoretically sophisticated, and provocative monograph, Jeffery Vacante has made an important contribution to the growing historical literature on Canadian masculinities. His trenchant exploration of the gendered dimensions of French Canadian nationalism is certain to generate considerable debate and discussion."
-Peter Gossage, coauthor of An Illustrated History of Quebec: Tradition and Modernity

1. The Roots of National Manhood
2. Reinforcing Heterosexual Manhood
3. The Decline of the French Canadian Race
4. War and Manhood
5. The Revitalization of National History
6. The Critique of National Manhood