LA FORÊT QUÉBÉCOISE EN DISCOURS DANS LA PREMIÈRE MOITIÉ DU XXe SIÈCLE: REPRÉSENTATIONS POLITIQUES ET LITTÉRAIRES

Abstract : Our thesis demonstrates that identity referents to the forest of Québcécois society are based on the crystallization of the representations that took shape and spread in the first half of the 20th century. More precisely, we studied the scientific, economic and cultural representations disseminated by the elite in the public domain, by overlaying legislative materials, literary works and print media. Our thesis unfolds a narrative divided into three pivotal time: 1905-1906, with the creation of the Minister of Lands and Forests (MLF); 1921-1922, with the enactment of a first legislation supporting the implementation of forest inventories and forest management; and 1937-1938, marking the end of an era with the departure of Gustave Piché, Head of Forest Service since its inception. Implicitly, through the intricate work of adapting the American Conservation Movement to that of the Québécois reality. Juxtaposed to this political-administrative time frame, we considered literary works. It is not so much by the quantity of literary works addressing the forest, by which we can measure the presence of the forest in literary works, but more by the quality and by the diversification of forestry realities that the works disclose. These worksbringto the forefront the collective and multidimensional nature of forest and territorial symbolic appropriation. Although it may seem on the surface that there is a large gap between political-administrative and literary backgrounds, they do cross roads in the first half of the 20th century bearing witness to the discursive production of a fringe of Québécois society motivated to lay the foundation of a “forest mentality” faithful to its image.
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Maude Flamand-Hubert. LA FORÊT QUÉBÉCOISE EN DISCOURS DANS LA PREMIÈRE MOITIÉ DU XXe SIÈCLE: REPRÉSENTATIONS POLITIQUES ET LITTÉRAIRES. Histoire. Université Sorbonne - Paris IV, 2017. Français. ⟨tel-01746079⟩

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