Writing literary history

Writing literary history: The case of Francophone Canada
Speaker: Rosemary Chapman # Nottingham University
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Date and Time
14th Mar 2013 17:00 - 14th Mar 2013 18:30
Seminar Room 1, Chrystal Macmillan Building

The paper will discuss the nature and function of literary history in Francophone Canada. In particular it will consider the problematic nature of the focus on nation that has typified literary history since the nineteenth century, nationhood and nationalism being central to any discussion of the literature of a colonized population. How has the writing of the literary history of francophone Canada responded to a very particular colonial situation? Francophones of European descent are both colonizers (of the indigenous population since first permanent French settlement in North America in 1604) and colonized (by the British after their victory on the Plains of Abraham in 1759). Given the variety of ways in which the production and dissemination of Canadian literature in French may have been conditioned by its colonial contexts, how have patterns of colonial domination, between Europe and Canada and within Canada inflected the histories of francophone literature in Canada?