Quebec Studies

Quebec Fiction in English During the 1980s: A Case Study in Marginality

Quebec Studies (1989), 9, (1), 95–110.

Abstract

Cette étude examine les éléments essentiels à la fiction des écrivains anglo-québécois des années 80. En situant leurs textes dans le contexte historique de l'après-guerre, on note un processus de marginalisation littéraire et sociale qui procède de l'importance indiscutable des écrivains anglo-québécois qui ont émergé pendant les années 40 et 50 (MacLennan, Gallant, Richler, etc.) et qui mène à l'invisibilité presque totale des écrivains contemporains (Szanto, Ferguson, Phillips, Sparling, Rigelhof, etc.). Ceux-ci ont produit une oeuvre dont le sujet měme est la marginalisation. Elle est marquée au début de la décennie par un grand nombre de romans dans les genres paralittéraires (dystopies, science-fiction, policiers, fiction gaie, etc.), et plus récemment (surtout dans les romans de Scott, Diamond et Radu), par une expérimentation linguistique et structurelle qui a rapport avec l'écriture féministe québécoise.

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