Academic journal article British Journal of Canadian Studies

Hockey, PQ: Canada's Game in Quebec's Popular Culture

Academic journal article British Journal of Canadian Studies

Hockey, PQ: Canada's Game in Quebec's Popular Culture

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Political and social sciences Amy J. Ransom, Hockey, PQ: Canada's Game in Quebec's Popular Culture (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2014), 280 pp. Cased. $70. ISBN 978-1-4426-4813-5. Paper. $29.95. ISBN 978-1-4426-1619-6.

This book fills a void in the literature on Canadian popular culture, one created by language, which the author, an American, sees as dividing the study of Canada in two: 'when English-language scholars talk about "Canada", they really mean English Canada' (p. 5). Ransom successfully bridges the gap and conveys how central hockey has become to a specifically Quebecois culture and identity.

Making use of the wide range of recent scholarly work on hockey, Ransom takes an interdisciplinary approach to the study of Quebec's popular hockey culture. She draws on film and media studies, history, sport sociology, and literary theory, and puts some of the most popular Quebec hockey products under the scope. The Introduction whets the appetite with an analysis of the feature film Bon Cop, Bad Cop (2006), a rare example of a bilingual film that did well in anglophone Canada, and the first chapter looks at filmic and postwar apotheosis of Montreal Canadiens' legend Maurice Richard. The chapter on science fiction and hockey is the most original, and the author shows how speculative fiction helped some Quebecois adjust to the disappointments of the post-1980 referendum era.

Canadian readers of a certain age will probably be most familiar with the next subject, the téléroman Lance et Compte, which debuted in 1986, and told the story of a rising hockey star who played for the Quebec Nationals (a reference to the Quebec Nordiques). …

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