French-Canadian cultural roots can be traced to the beginning of the 19th century in , painting and . Debate about the significance of the arts in the francophone community has been passionate since the 19th century. In literature, Father in the second half of the 19th century and Bishop in the first half of the 20th century both sought to create literature that would reflect what they defined as the essence of French-Canadian society. They were challenged by the universalists who wanted a universal literature. After the , many writers, despite their claims that they were expressing a new identity, were, like Casgrain and Roy, exploring the identity of the French-speaking society now referred to as Québec society.


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