Qui sont aujourd’hui les nomades et les sédentaires de la littérature québécoise ?

Title in English Who Are Today Nomads and Settlers of Quebec Literature?


Year of publication 2019
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Central European Journal of Canadian Studies
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Keywords contemporary Quebec novel; Nicolas Dickner; Émile Ollivier; spatial identity; spatial axiology; territorialization
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Description In one of his reflections, Émile Ollivier describes the present time as a pivotal period of the civilizational paradigm. Whereas formerly, humanity had left the nomadic life to privilege the sedentary one, it returns now to nomadism in various forms on the international scale: migrations, voyages, discoveries. Certainly, French-Canadian and Quebec literature keeps stuck in its memory the dichotomy sedentary / pioneer, rekindled recently by the controversy surrounding Monique LaRue's misunderstood essay. However, Quebec's territorialization and roots, which are still strongly present in the modernism and the postmodernism of the Quiet Revolution, have since entered into another axiological arrangement of spatiality that re-evaluates and distributes in another way the opposition between here and there, changing it in a kind of exterritoriality. The analysis of spatiality, of fixed points and moving points, of here and there, allows to explore different types of narrative semiosis in relation to characters, action and narration. We propose to illustrate the point by taking as an example of two novels, Nikolski by Nicolas Dickner and La Brulerie by Émile Ollivier, representing two different visions of the geography of today's world.