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A Cultural History of Canada


Feb 19, 2023

In which, using Lorena Gale's play Angélique, we talk about the life and times of Marie-Joseph Angélique - a New France slave who was accused of burning down almost 50 buildings in Montreal in 1734. Get 2 months of free podcast hosting by going to: https://signup.libsyn.com/?promo_code=CANLIT
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Sources/Further Reading:
  • Cooper, Afua. “Confessions of a woman who burnt down a town.” Utterances and Incantations: Women, Poetry, and Dub in the Black Diaspora, ed. Afua Cooper. SisterVision Press, 1999.
  • Cooper, Afua. The Hanging of Angélique: The Untold Story of Canadian Slavery and the Burning of Old Montréal, The University of Georgia Press, 2007.
  • Gale, Lorena. Angélique, Toronto: Playwrights Canada Press, 1998. https://archive.org/details/angelique0000gale/mode/2up (Can be borrowed with a free account)
  • Torture and Truth: Angélique and the Burning of Montreal, Great Unsolved Mysteries in Canadian History Project, 2006, https://www.canadianmysteries.ca/sites/angelique/accueil/indexen.html