Distant Stage: Quebec, Brazil, and the Making of Canada's Cultural Diplomacy
Published by: McGill-Queen's University Press
Imprint: McGill-Queen's University Press
Sales Date: 2022-11-04
Published: November 2022
312 Pages, 152.00 x 229.00 x 0.75 in, 11 photos
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Distant Stage examines the neglected histories of Canada-Brazil relations and the role played by culture in Canada’s pursuit of an international identity. The efforts of French-Canadian artists, intellectuals, and diplomats are at the heart of both. Eric Fillion demonstrates how music and the visual arts gave state and non-state actors new connections to the idea of nation, which in turn informed their sense of place in the world. Tracing the origins of Canadian cultural diplomacy to South America, the book underscores the significance of race and religion in the country’s international history, showing how Brazil served as a distant stage where Canadian identity politics and aspirations could play out.
Both a timely invitation to think about cultural diplomacy as a critical practice and a reflection on the interplay between internationalism and nationalism, Distant Stage draws attention to the ambiguous yet essential roles played by artists in international and intercultural relations.
“The research in Distant Stage is excellent, and the writing is really exceptional; it is a pleasure to be guided through the significance of the interwoven cultural episodes at the heart of this book. This is truly a study of two countries’ relations in the cultural and diplomatic fields, not simply Canada's approach to one country. Nonetheless, it does a great deal to rectify the neglect of Quebec, French Canada, and Catholicism in English scholarship on Canada and the world.” David Webster, Bishop's University and author of Fire and the Full Moon: Canada and Indonesia in a Decolonizing World