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From the Colonial to the Postcolonial: Quebec History, Nationalisms, Language and Culture

Visiting Professor and the Director of the Center for Canadian Studies at Duke, Jane Moss will deliver the talk From the Colonial to the Postcolonial: Quebec History, Nationalisms, Language and Culture. Founded by France in 1608 and conquered by England in 1763, the present-day Canadian province of Québec has resisted assimilation by the dominant Anglophone society of North America for 250 years. This talk will explore how historical events led to the development of a flourishing minority postcolonial society with a specific language, national identity and literary culture.

Moss was the Robert E. Diamond Professor at Colby College (Waterville, Maine), where she taught for thirty years. A specialist in Francophone Canadian history, culture and literature, she has published extensively in the United States, Canada and Europe. A past president of the American Council for Québec Studies, she is the editor of its bilingual, interdisciplinary journal, Québec Studies. For her scholarship and promotion of the study of French Canada, the Government of Québec awarded her the Prix du Québec in 2002. In 2005, she was made an Honorary Life Member of the Société québécoise des études théâtrales. She is also an elected member of the Executive Council of the Association for Canadian Studies in the United States and serves on the editorial boards of The American Review of Canadian Studies, GLOBE, The International Journal of Canadian Studies and L’Annuaire théâtral.

Moss received her A.B. from Wellesley College, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and named a Woodrow Wilson Fellow. She earned a Ph.D. in Romance Languages at Yale University. She lives in Pinehurst, North Carolina.


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