Quebec Studies

Indigestible Stew and Holy Piss: The Politics of Food in Rodolphe Girard's Marie Calumet

Quebec Studies (1999), 27, (1), 5–23.

Abstract

Depuis sa publication en 1904, Marie Calumet de Rodolphe Girard a suscité de nombreuses polémiques à cause de l'anticléricalisme du roman et l'audace d'un auteur qui osait parler du corps et du désir sexuel. Pour la première fois dans une littérature qui avait comme but de dépeindre une belle société rurale et catholique, Girard offre dans son roman une vision de l'humanité qui est bestiale, gouvernée plus par ses pulsions corporelles que par la spiritualité et la piété. Cet article se propose d'analyser le rôle de la nourriture dans ce roman. En étudiant des scènes de préparation, de consommation et d'élimination, nous pouvons mieux comprendre la hardiesse d'un auteur qui faisait une parodie du roman de la terre. Cependant, měme dans un roman jugé comme outrageant, il y réside un sentiment de honte et de peur qui reflète une société repressive qui ne permet pas à ses artistes de s'exprimer librement.

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