The vision of Montréal in Gail Scott's novels

Název: The vision of Montréal in Gail Scott's novels
Zdrojový dokument: The Central European journal of Canadian studies. 2002, roč. 2, č. [1], s. 7-14
  • ISSN
    1213-7715 (print)
    2336-4556 (online)
Type: Článek
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My intention in this paper is to analyse Gail Scott's two novels Heroine (1987) and Main Brides (1993). I regard the two novels as existing in a unique symbiosis as city novels. After some theoretical clarification, I examine on the one hand how the cityscape of Montréal becomes internalized in the protagonists' psyches, and on the other hand, how it becomes a character of its own in the process of narrating its/their individual identity/ies. The paper focuses on the idiosyncratic representations in each novel of the engendered female space in which Montreal becomes a peculiar "collective" protagonist. The social, cultural, political, linguistic (bilingual) and ethnic spaces in the two novels are approached in accordance with the multifarious cityscape from a bi and multicultural point of view.
Mon intention dans le présent article est d'analyser deux romans de Gail Scott: Heroine (1987) et Main Brides (1993). Je considère que ces romans vivent dans une symbiose unique comme romans urbains. Après quelques clarifications théoriques j'examine d'une part la façon dont l'espace urbain du Montréal est intemalisé par les protagonistes, et d'autre part, la manière dont il devient un caractère propre pendant la narration de l'identité (ou des identités) individuelle(s) appartenant à soi (elle)-même. L'article met en relief dans chacun des romans les représentations caractéristiques de l'espace feminin dans lequel Montréal devient tout de même un protagoniste collectif particulier. Les espaces social, culturel, politique, linguistique (bilingue) et éthnique présents dans les romans sont traités conformément à l'espace urbain multi-colore, d'un point de vue bi-et multiculturel.
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