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Être et agir, ou la voi(e/x) de l’héroïne : réflexion sur l’identité d’Émilie, fille de Caleb Bordeleau

Authors
Journal
Recherches sociographiques
0034-1282
Publisher
Consortium Erudit
Publication Date
Volume
43
Issue
3
Identifiers
DOI: 10.7202/000612ar
Disciplines
  • Political Science

Abstract

This article examines the character Émilie Bordeleau, a lead character in the highly popular television series Les Filles de Caleb, broadcast in Québec between October 1990 and January 1991. The article gives a summary presentation of the usual models of female heroism that have appeared with the emergence of bourgeois societies, and then draws on the television series’ content to show how and why the character of Émilie was both true to these models and at odds with them; in other words profoundly modern beneath a traditional outer shell. Finally, the article suggests a reading of this character on two levels, in relation to the sociopolitical context of the broadcasting of the television series, marked by the post-Meech turmoil of francophone Québec.

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