Counter-culture and Environmentalism in Quebec: An Ecosociety to Build

  • Mariève Isabel McGill University
Keywords: ecosociety, counter-culture, Quebec literature, environment, Mainmise



      Different studies about the countercultural movement in Quebec in the 1970s have not yet reached a consensus about the legacy left by this movement on contemporary culture. However, they do not examine in any depth the environmental thought and politics that have emerged in Quebec over the last twenty years. In this article, I will show that the countercultural movement’s legacy is to be found in large part in today’s environmental discourse in Quebec. To illustrate this, I will analyse the notion of ecosociety and the utopian society as proposed and articulated by the authors of the Quebecois countercultural magazine Mainmise and other key environmental thinkers of this period.


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Author Biography

Mariève Isabel, McGill University

Marieve Isabel is PhD candidate at McGill University, at the Département de langue et littérature françaises. She is also lecturer at the McGill School of Environment and the McGill Writing Centre.

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