Quebec Studies

Héloïse D'Anne Hébert: Une Nouvelle Eurydice?

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


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.

Access Token

Fleenor, Juliann E., ed. The Female Gothic. Montréal, London: Eden Press, 1983. The Female Gothic Google Scholar

Graves, Robert. Les Mythes grecs. Paris: Fayard, 1967. Les Mythes grecs Google Scholar

Green, Mary Jean. "The Witch and the Princess: the Feminine Fantastic in the Fiction of Anne Hébert." American Review of Canadian Studies, XV (2) (1985): 137-146. The Witch and the Princess: the Feminine Fantastic in the Fiction of Anne Hébert American Review of Canadian Studies XV 137 146 Google Scholar

Hébert, Anne. Héloïse. Paris: Seuil, 1980. Héloïse Google Scholar

Hébert, Anne. Poèmes. Paris: Seuil, 1960. Poèmes Google Scholar

Korff Vincent, Sybil. "The Mirror and the Cameo: Margaret Atwood's Comic/Gothic Novel, Lady Oracle," in Fleenor, 153-163. Google Scholar

Lennox, John. "Dark Journeys: Kamouraska and Deliverance." Essays on Canadian Writing, 12 (1978): 84-104. Dark Journeys: Kamouraska and Deliverance Essays on Canadian Writing 12 84 104 Google Scholar

Mudge, Badford K. "The Man with Two Brains: Gothic Novels, Popular Culture, Literary History." PMLA, 107 (1992): 92-104. The Man with Two Brains: Gothic Novels, Popular Culture, Literary History PMLA 107 92 104 Google Scholar

Pallister, Janis. "Orphic Elements in Anne Hébert's Héloïse." Québec Studies 5 (1987): 125-134. Orphic Elements in Anne Hébert's Héloïse Québec Studies 5 125 134 Google Scholar

Pelletier, Claude. Anne Hébert II; dossier de presse, 1942-1986. Bibliothèque du Séminaire de Sherbrooke, 1986. Google Scholar

Pestre de Almeida, Lilian. "Héloïse: la mort dans cette chambre." Voix et Images, 7 (3): 471-481. Héloïse: la mort dans cette chambre Voix et Images 7 471 481 Google Scholar

Quinsat, Andté. Europe, 611 (mars 1980): 49-56. Europe 611 49 56 Google Scholar

Robbins, Emmet. "Famous Orpheus," Orpheus. The Metamorphoses of a Myth. Ed. John Warden. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1985, 3-23. Orpheus. The Metamorphoses of a Myth 3 23 Google Scholar

Smith, Donald. "Anne Hébert et les eaux troubles de l'Imaginaire." Lettres Québécoises, (2) (Winter 1980-81): 65-73. Anne Hébert et les eaux troubles de l'Imaginaire Lettres Québécoises 65 73 Google Scholar

Stein, Karin F. "Monsters and Madwomen: Changing Female Gothic." The Female Gothic, in Fleenor, 123-137. Google Scholar

Strauss, Walter A. Descent and Return. The Orphic Theme in Modern Literature. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 1971. Descent and Return. The Orphic Theme in Modern Literature Google Scholar

If you have private access to this content, please log in with your username and password here


Author details

Rochat, Denise