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A l’opposé de l’individuel : pour une littérature communautaire. Le cas de Michel Tremblay, Marie-Claire Blais, Nicolas Dickner, Jocelyne Saucier

Title in English In contrast to the individual : for a community literature. The case of Michel Tremblay, Marie-Claire Blais, Nicolas Dickner, Jocelyne Saucier


Year of publication 2017
Type Article in Proceedings
Conference Robert Dion, Andrée Mercier : Que devient la littérature québécoise?
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Field Mass media, audiovision
Keywords national literature; community literature; features of community literature; Québec literature; Michel Tremblay; Marie Claire Blais; Nicolas Dickner; Éric Dupont; Jocelyne Saucier
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Description Among the registers of Quebec literature, the community theme seems to constitute a constant which is not a simple mimesis conditioned by a sociological or social soil, but rather a reflection of an image of literature and the literary institution because linked to the problematic of writing and creativity (Belleau, 1999). In some cases, the community aspect is inseparable from the "implicit" poetics (Jarosz, 1999). The specificity calls for a questioning that touches the situation and the nature of the literature of Quebec. In other words, have the Quebec society and its literature ever been national? Is this not a terminological lure unduly modelled on a European problem and associated with a situation that was always closer to a communitas? May the community reflex, in the absence of a confirmed national identity, be considered as one of those long-lasting characteristics which, during the last two decades, have assumed new aspects, opposed to the individualism of modernity and of postmodernity? That is the purpose of our questioning.
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