Curative Illnesses: Medico-National Allegory in Québécois - download pdf or read online

By Julie Robert

ISBN-10: 0773547053

ISBN-13: 9780773547056

in the course of a time of uncertainty over collective id and social transformation, Quebec novels begun getting ill – after 1940, the variety of narratives approximately affliction, ailment, and ill characters intensified. For the final seventy years, generations of authors have grew to become to medically orientated tales to symbolize day after day existence and political turmoil. In healing health problems, Julie Robert investigates how the subject matter of illness is woven into literature and gauges its impact on depictions of Quebec’s nationwide identity.

Challenging the legitimacy of disorder as a metaphor for the state, Robert contests interpretations of illness-related literature that experience provided Quebec itself as sick. via re-examinations of Quebec novels, healing health problems shatters the appearance of congruency among the country and the physique, countering assumptions approximately national weak spot and victimization. For Quebec particularly, those assumptions have larger implications, as the separatist circulation, guidelines of interculturalism, and majority language rights revolve round holding and protecting Québécois society and its cultural values. Robert skilfully demonstrates a extra nuanced view of ailment via a sequence of analyses targeting works of literature from a few of Quebec’s most famous novelists, together with Gabrielle Roy, André Langevin, Denis Lord, Hubert Aquin, Jacques Godbout, Pierre Billon, and Anne Bernard.

Using an interdisciplinary method that engages with nationalism, postcolonial stories, literature, rhetoric, and the scientific humanities, healing health problems explores how relocating past prior diagnoses deals new insights into nationhood.

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