Quebec Studies

Héloïse D'Anne Hébert: Une Nouvelle Eurydice?

Quebec Studies (1993), 17, (1), 135–142.

Abstract

Anne Hébert's Héloise, an orphic novel with strong comic/gothic aspects, is the only one of Hébert's novels which takes place entirely in Paris, a city where the author has been living and writing for over thirty years. The juxtaposition of these orphic, gothic, and Parisian elements lend the novel an autotepresentational but strongly parodic dimension. This study shows that the drama at hand is one of literary creation which playfully reverses the Orpheus myth and attempts to give back to Eurydice a central though ambiguous role in the myth of creation.

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Rochat, Denise