What is Québécois Literature?

Reflections on the Literary History of Francophone Writing in Canada

Rosemary Chapman

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ISBN: 9781846319730

Publication: August 30, 2013

Series: Contemporary French and Francophone Cultures 28

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The question ‘What is Québécois literature?’ may seem innocent and answerable, yet Rosemary Chapman's compelling study shows that to answer it is to chart the cultural history of French Canada, to put francophone writing in Canada in postcolonial context and to ask whether literary history, with its focus on the nation, is in fact obsolete. This remarkable book will be compulsory reading for scholars well-versed in francophone postcolonial studies and will also act as an ideal introduction for Anglophone scholars of Canadian literature.

Rosemary Chapman is Professor of Francophone Canadian Studies at the University of Nottingham. Her previous books include 'Between Languages and Cultures: Colonial and Postcolonial Readings of Gabrielle Roy' (McGill-Queen's University Press, 2009).

Acknowledgements Introduction Chronology 1. How has the literary history of francophone Canada been told in the twentieth century? 2. Literary history in the curriculum 3. The literary anthology as a tool of literary history 4. What does a nation-shaped literary history exclude from within and beyond Quebec? Two case studies Conclusion Bibliography Index

The author has intelligently used the results of extensive research to provide a unique insight into what has been defined as “Québécois literature” as well as other literatures of francophone Canada. This book will be appealing to specialists in Quebec literature, as well as those involved in French and francophone literary studies and, more generally, postcolonial studies.
Mary Jean Green  
Dartmouth College

Chapman writes with authority and clarity, brilliantly examining the historiography of francophone Canadian writing in relation to other colonial and postcolonial national literatures... the book will, I am sure, introduce Anglophone readers not only to francophone Canadian literature, but also to the intellectual, social, and political history of French Canada.
Jane Moss  
Duke University

Format: Hardback

Size: 239 x 163 mm

224 Pages

ISBN: 9781846319730

Publication: August 30, 2013

Series: Contemporary French and Francophone Cultures 28

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