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Denyse Delcourt
FRENCH 441
Seattle Campus

Quebecois Literature

Readings of novels, plays, and occasionally, poetry. Special attention paid to how Quebecois authors represent in their works the complex socio-political reality of their culture. Conducted in French. French majors required to read and write in French; all others may read and write in English. Prerequisite: FRENCH 303; either FRENCH 304, FRENCH 305, FRENCH 306, or FRENCH 307. Offered: jointly with JSIS A 441.

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Winter 2014

Qui sommes-nouS?: The Quest for Identity in Québécois Literature and Culture

In the second half of the 20th century, during the so-called “Quiet Revolution,” Québec changed from a traditional to a progressive society in a very short period of time. The “Quiet Revolution” marked the end of dogmatic clericalism and conservative nationalism, and the entry of Quebec into modernity.

This class will examine: -the exhilaration and the bewilderment Québécois writers and filmmakers of the time felt with the disappearance of the old models -the different ways they use to define the identity of the “Québécois,” a term coined in the 1960s, and -the ambivalent role played by the past in their quest for a Québécois identity

Course conducted in French.

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Readings: Germaine Guèvremont, Le Survenant; Gabrielle Roy, Bonheur d’occasion; Anne Hébert, Le Torrent; Michel Tremblay, Les Belles-Soeurs; Réjean Ducharme, L’Avalée des avalés; a class reader.


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Last Update by Jennifer M. Keene
Date: 11/06/2013