Selection of articles on the Holidays theme

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The Érudit team wishes you a very happy holiday season.

On this occasion, discover several articles from journals disseminated by Érudit on the topic of end-of-year celebrations:

  1. Tourtière and Cretons: Celebratory French-Canadian Meat Dishes in Today’s New England, par Kristen Merrill
    Cuizine, 
    Volume 4, Issue 2, 2013
    To anyone of French-Canadian descent growing up in the former mill towns of New England, the sight of pork pie at the Christmas table is likely something you’ve never questioned. But as with most traditional and iconic foods, this dish has a long history.
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  2. Noël, de l’enfant quêteur à l’enfant gâté, par Martyne Perrot
    Ethnologies, Volume 29, Issue 1–2, 2007, p. 285–302
    The nineteenth century transformed Christmas into a celebration of the middle-class family. As a result it likewise installed the child at the centre of the secular rite and attributed a new role to them, as revealing changes to social and familial status. The principal actor of the ritual puts the adult to the test, and has become over a century and a half the recipient of infinite giving without reciprocity.
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  3. “Pictures in the Fire”: the Dickensian Hearth and the Concept of History
    Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net, Issue 53, February 2009, p. 0
    Mr. Brooke fails to become an elected political representative, but he nevertheless functions as a representative of Middlemarch society’s dominant mode of abstraction. Brooke’s comic idiom of “that sort of thing,” “that kind of thing,” and other variations of the word “thing” may be taken as a paradigm for George Eliot’s style throughout Middlemarch. Brooke parodies how characters and the narrator employ a grammar of things to articulate their relationships both to what they value in the material world and to their own interiority. I ascribe this grammar of things to what I call an “epistemology of character” because Eliot uses the same grammar of things to generate complex subjectivity within fully developed characters like Dorothea and Ladislaw as she does to describe scientific, conventional, religious, commercial, and physical realities.
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  4. Mon beau sapin, Jean-marie Lebel
    Cap-aux-Diamants : la revue d’histoire du Québec, Issue 47, 1996, pp. 24-27
    Entrer un arbre dans le salon et suspendre des ornements à ses branches, quelle curieuse coutume! Et pourtant cette coutume s’est inscrite tout naturellement dans nos vies et fait partie de nos façons de célébrer Noël, fête religieuse, familiale et nostalgique. Par ses lumières et ses ornements multicolores, l’arbre de Noël ajoute à la féerie du temps des Fêtes. On disait autrefois que le sapin, vert en toutes saisons, était signe de vie éternelle.
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  5. Curling in Canada: From Gathering Place to International Spectacle, Heather Mair
    International Journal of Canadian Studies / Revue internationale d’études canadiennes, Issue 35, 2007, p. 39–60
    Curling is a central part of winter life for many Canadians and our curlers dominate the world stage. Yet the topic remains dramatically understudied. Building on the limited writing in this area and presenting research undertaken in curling clubs across western Canada, the author seeks to help fill this gap by exploring the changing role of curling in the construction of social identities at the local community and national level. It is argued that while curling plays an undeniable, if muted, role in the construction of Canada’s image, this identity is being increasingly subjected to a number of internal and external pressures that have the potential to lead to great change.
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