Abstract

Many anthropological studies have shown the prevalence of the sacred in primitive societies, manifested primarily in significant gestures such as exchanges, rituals, festivals, and the use of time and space. Some studies, in particular those of Roger Caillois and Mircea Eliade, have demonstrated that traces of the sacred, though seemingly displaced, remain present in modern and secular societies. This thesis will examine and bring to light these remnants of sacred behavior in the contemporary settings of the stories of Gabrielle Roy, focusing primarily on food-sharing, gift-giving, and festivals. Each analysis presented will detail how different aspects of the sacred are manifested in contemporary, though fictional, society, and each will permit individuals to identify ways in which modern man, whether religious or secular, is still very connected to sacred practices.

Degree

MA

College and Department

Humanities; French and Italian

Rights

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Date Submitted

2009-11-20

Document Type

Thesis

Handle

http://hdl.lib.byu.edu/1877/etd3252

Keywords

Gabrielle Roy, Roger Caillois, Mircea Eliade, sacred, ritual, festival, gesture, religion, gift

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