British Journal of Canadian Studies

Writing heartlands and Nicole Brossard's Hier

British Journal of Canadian Studies (2011), 24, (2), 195–210.

Abstract

In recent years, Quebec's 'regions' have registered their presence more fully in the public consciousness, in response to issues such as economic variation across the province and growing ethnic diversity outside of Montreal. This article is part of a larger project on a consideration of literary representations of the province's secondary cities, towns and villages, which seeks to problematise the relegation of these as secondary to an urban, specifically Montreal-based canon. It looks at how Nicole Brossard's novel, Hier (2001) mobilises particular cultural associations with Quebec City to constitute this as a space of feminine and lesbian desire. In so doing, it plays on the connotations of the term 'heartland' to think about how various mappings of affect or emotion contribute to our experiencing of space and place.

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