Quebec Studies

L'exil Dans La Langue Maternelle: L'Expérience Du Bannissement

Quebec Studies (1992), 14, (1), 23–30.


Quebec society currently lives with an acute awareness of the "other." Questions regarding immigration have turned the traditional linguistic debate among francophones and anglophones upside down; likewise, the ambiguous desire for a culturally specific "projet de société" leaves newcomers to Quebec in a precarious place. The debate over issues surrounding the problematic of the "other" in Quebec (integration, assimilation, etc.) has provided a forum in which to contest the idealization of a purist québécois identity. This essay considers the transgressive treatment of cosmopolitanism in the work of Antonio d'Alfonso and places it within the contexts of l'écriture migrante and the hegemonic discourse of the welcoming society.

Access Token

Abraham, Nicolas, et Maria Torok. L'Écorce et le noyau. Paris: Aubier-Flammarion, coll. "La philosophie en effet," 1978. L'Écorce et le noyau Google Scholar

D'Alfonso, Antonio. L'Autre Rivage. Montréal: VLB. Éditeur, 1987. L'Autre Rivage Google Scholar

Grinberg, Leon, et Rebeca Grinberg. Psycholanalytic perspectives on Migration and Exile. New Haven & London: Yale UP, 1989. Psycholanalytic perspectives on Migration and Exile Google Scholar

Kristeva, Julia. Étrangers à nous-mêmes. Paris: Fayard, 1988. Étrangers à nous-mêmes Google Scholar

Winnicott, Donald W. "La crainte de l'effondrement." Nouvelle Revue de Psychanalyse 11 (1975). La crainte de l'effondrement Nouvelle Revue de Psychanalyse 11 Google Scholar

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


Author details

Harel, Simon