Transatlantic Passages: Literary and Cultural Relations Between Quebec and Francophone Europe

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Despite a burgeoning interest in transatlantic and regional studies, the long-standing cultural connections between francophone communities on both sides of the Atlantic have received little critical attention. Transatlantic Passages presents essays, interviews, and images that address the often-neglected cultural commerce integral to understanding historical and contemporary identities in Quebec and francophone Europe.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780773537873
  • Publisher: McGill-Queens University Press
  • Publication date: 10/20/2010
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Paula Ruth Gilbert is a professor of French, Canadian, and women and gender studies at George Mason University and is the author of Violence and the Female Imagination: Quebec's Women Writers Re-frame Gender in North American Cultures. Miléna Santoro is an associate professor of French at Georgetown University and the author of Mothers of Invention: Feminist Authors and Experimental Fiction in France and Quebec.
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Table of Contents


Introduction: On "Passages," Passeurs and Passeuses in Paris and Montreal Paula Ruth Gilbert Miléna Santoro 3

I Women's History and Passages across the Atlantic

A Place for the Spirit: Canada as Dream and Reality in the Autobiographical Writings of the Women of New France Patricia Smart 29

Time, Sir Monique Proulx 47

French and Quebec Feminisms: Influences and Reciprocities Chantal Maillé 50

Je m'en vais à Trieste (excerpt) Nicole Brossard 60

II European Cultural Influences on Quebec Writers

Writing Beyond Redemption: Hubert Aquin and Mordecai Richler in Postwar Paris Patrick Coleman 67

Des châteaux en Suisse? Switzerland in the Quebec Imagination: Aquin and Brossard Karen McPherson 80

Je m'en vais à Trieste (excerpt) Nicole Brossard 95

Chez Nous: Gail Scott's My Paris Lorna Irvine 97

My Paris (excerpt) Gail Scott 105

Transatlantic Reading in the Works of France Théoret Karen L. Gould 107

Literary Border Crossings: Reconceptualizing Montesquieu's Lettres persanes in Lise Gauvin's Lettres d'une autre and Chahdortt Djavann's Comment peut-on être français? Patrice J. Proulx 122

France in the Heart of the Eastern Townships Louise Dupré 136

III The Theatrical Space of Exchange

Marie Cardinal, Translator of Myths and Theatre: The Words to Say Difference Louise H. Forsyth 141

(Post)Colonial Performances: Nationalist and Post-nationalist Quebec Theater in Europe Jane Moss 157

Michel Cochet on Larry Tremblay: An Auto-Interview Michel Cochet 174

IV Franco-European Immigrant Voices in Quebec

From Flâneuse to Cybernomad: Roaming the World with Régine Robin Mary Jean Green 179

Transatlantic Crossings in the Work of Alice Parizeau and Naïm Kattan Susan Ireland 190

From Europe to Quebec Cinematic History Werner Nold 205

Three Demoiselles sauvages in Search of Other Worlds: Corinna Bille and Gabrielle Roy in the Films of Léa Pool Rachel Killick 209

V Contemporary Art Forms and Popular Culture

Riopelle and Me: Impression passagère Bonnie Baxter 227

Crossings: In Situ Art in Transit François Morelli 258

A Quiet Evolution: Artist's Books in Quebec and France (Beausoleil, Dorion, Desautels) Alisa Belanger 266

La Chanson québécoise: Not the Same Old (French) Song Brian Thompson 286

Ce soir je chante à l'Olympia/Tonight I'm Singing at the Olympia Robert Charlebois 301

(Not so) Separate but Unequal: On the Circulation of Popular Culture Items between France and Quebec Guy Spielmann 305

Contributors 327

Index 337

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