Ces huttérites, mennonites et autres sudetes de Gabrielle Roy

Title in English These Hutterites, Mennonites and other "Sudetes" of Gabrielle Roy


Year of publication 2013
Type Article in Proceedings
Conference Linguis diversis libri loquuntur, Opera Romanica 14
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Field Mass media, audiovision
Keywords French-Canadian literature; Gabrielle Roy; immigration; Otherness
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Description Before she became known as a novelist, Gabrielle Roy (1909-1983) published a series of six reports devoted to some of Manitoba's and Saskatchewan's immigrant communities (Bulletin des agriculteurs, 1942-43). The paper attempts to establish a link between this immigrant orientated topic and several biographical facts. Descending from the Franco-Manitoban minority, subject to anglicization, Roy seeks to resolve a contradictory situation: if community means protection, it is also a cultural "ghetto" that denies individuality. The English milieu and culture show her the way both to liberation and writing in French. It is also the medium that allows her to reconcile with her origins and join her Francophone community through the theme of other minorities. Writing becomes a distancing and recognizing at a time. This attitude, which appears for the first time in her reports, can be found in her later novels and short stories