British Journal of Canadian Studies

The Body Politic and the Erotic Body: The (Male) Novel of the Quiet Revolution in Quebec

British Journal of Canadian Studies (2008), 21, (2), 195–217.

Abstract

This article claims that the male novel of the Quiet Revolution in Quebec creates a spectacularly gendered world in which the body politic (as well as the cultural sphere as a whole: the writer, the novel and literary institutions) is defined as entirely male and the erotic body, which also becomes the raped and murdered body in many cases, as exclusively female. This focus on gendering and violence attempts to show the links between the two – that radical gendering is in itself a form of violence – and suggests that the nationalistic project, as least as set forth in fiction, is deeply compromised by its misogyny.

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