In 1976, the nationalist Parti Québécois came to power in Quebec and governed the province until 1985. A tense period followed its election within business circles and among the Jewish community. In the midst of this crisis, Victor Teboul’s Mythe et images du Juif au Québec had just been published and it exposed a negative portrayal of Jews in Quebec’s most well-read novels and history books. The book had a strong impact on the Jewish leadership and created some controversy among Quebec’s francophone intellectual elite.
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Essays on Quebec nationalism and the Jews is a must-read ebook for anyone interested in the relations between Jews and Quebecers.
About the Author
In 1981, Victor Teboul, Ph.D., was named Quebec’s Executive Director of the Canada-Israel Committee, as the Jewish Community’s principal lobby group was then called, with the mandate to develop academic and political exchanges between Israel and Quebec and to promote a better understanding of Québécois-Jewish relations and of Israel.
Victor was born in Alexandria, Egypt. He has produced several radio series for Radio-Canada and is the author of numerous essays and novels. As an academic, he has taught history at Université du Québec à Montréal and Quebec literature at a French-language college near Montreal. He holds a Master’s degree in literature from McGill University and a Doctorate in French Studies from Université de Montréal. He has sat on the Jury of the Governor General’s Literary Awards for non-fiction. Dr. Teboul is the current Editor of the online magazine Tolerance.ca.
In his provocative Oh Canada! Oh Quebec!, Canadian author Mordecai Richler drew extensively from Victor Teboul's Mythe et images du Juif au Québec. He can be seen reading Teboul’s work HERE.
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See also : Accommodating Bedfellows: Montreal’s Jewish Community and Quebec’s Intellectual Elite