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(1925, Public domain)

Literature of the land

It is generally considered that "littérature du terroir" ("literature of the land") first arose in 1846 with the publication of Patrice Lacombe's novel: "The Paternal Earth". For almost a hundred years, the majority of Canadian-French authors belonged to this movement, inspired by traditional values and encouraged by the clergy. In their works, they praised the work of the land, past times, religion and all aspects of rural life.

Generally, "novels of the land" present an idealized vision of country life, or blatantly attempted to frighten the reader by emphasizing the dangers and vices then attributed to the urban life. Ringuet, Claude-Henri Grignon and Germaine Guèvremont were among the movement's most noted authors.

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