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A Season in the Life of Emmanuel
Marie-Claire Blais
0771098804
May 1992
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In her third and most powerful novel, Marie-Claire Blais explores, with sober compassion and realistic detail, a season in the life of Emmanuel, the sixteenth child of a poverty-stricken farmer’s family in rural Quebec.

First published in 1965, A Season in the Life of Emmanuel established Blais’s international reputation when it won the Prix France-Québec and the Prix Médicis of France. The novel has been translated into 13 languages.

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In her third and most powerful novel, Marie-Claire Blais explores, with sober compassion and realistic detail, a season in the life of Emmanuel, the sixteenth child of a poverty-stricken farmer's family in rural Quebec.First published in 1965, A Season in the Life of Emmanuel...


Liminal Visions of Nicole Brossard
Alice A. Parker
082043065X
February 1998
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From the publisher, Peter Lang Publishing
Prize-winning author Nicole Brossard has more than thirty volumes of poetry, "fiction-theory," postmodernist prose, and theory to her credit. Her experimental "writing in the feminine" is infused with a political energy that derives from her location as a lesbian-feminist. Associated with modernity in the literary renaissance of her native Montral, she explores figures for the next millennium. Her embodied, desiring writing focuses on the liminal spaces around words, and the enigma of lapses in the language. Brossard's major works, La Lettre arienne, Amantes, L'Amr, Le Dsert mauve, Picture Theory, and Baroque d'aube, are available in English translation.


Museum of Bone and Water
Nicole Brossard
0887846866
Sept 2005
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Book Description
Nicole Brossard's fiction and poetry have been lauded as equal parts experimental and sensual, and Museum of Bone and Water continues this tradition. Drawing from Virginia Woolf and Jorge Luis Borges, this collection of poems investigates intimate bodily realms to probe questions of who we are and what we desire. Positing the body as a museum, the poems illuminate the human condition by way of fingers, lips, and organs, finding meaning in them as one might a painting. With writing that is lyrical yet grounded in reality, Brossard's poems have the capacity to speed the breath and quicken the heart, and make for a luxurious reminder that poetry can be as much a physical pleasure as a spiritual one.


Narrative in the Feminine
Susan Lynne Knutson
0889203598
Sept 2000
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Book Description
What does it mean to tell a story from a woman's point of view? How have Canadian anglophone and francophone writers translated feminist literary theory into practice? Avant-garde writers Daphne Marlatt and Nicole Brossard answer these, and many more questions, in their two groundbreaking works, now made more accessible through the careful, narratological readings and theoretical background in Narrative in the Feminine. Susan Knutson begins her study with an analysis of the contributions made by Marlatt and Brossard to international feminist theory. Part Two presents a narratological reading of Marlatt's How Hug a Stone. Part Three proposes a parallel reading of Brossard's novel Picture Theory. Readers who care about feminist writing and language theory, and students and teachers of Canadian literature and critical...


Picture Theory
Nicole Brossard
1550712187
Apr 2006
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From Publishers Weekly
In this confounding volume of poetry and prose, Canadian Brossard ( Mauve Desert ) offers disharmonious syntax and esoteric feminist theory, blended in a rambling anti-narrative about the search for meaning among a group of female friends. While giving snatches of background on each character, Brossard is not really concerned with conventional story lines but with the "formulation a body undertakes in regard to anspace is correct/pk other to reach agreement with a movement of thought." Mutual desire between women seems to result in a transcendence of words: "Responding to certain signs, with complete fluidity, our bodies interlaced m'urged to fuse in astonishment or fascination." A woman, when she has expunged the "haunting memory of Man," overthrown the "semantic line . . . of patriarchal subjectivity," will...


Nicole Brossard
Louise H. Forsyth
1550712330
Mar 2006
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Book Description
This collection of essays provides commentary on more than 20 collections of poetry, nine novels, and many works of theory and commentary written by Nicole Brossard. Contributors include Catherine Campbell, Katharine Conley, Louise Dupré, Louise H. Forsyth, Barbara Godard, Susan Holbrook, Lynette Hunter, Susan Knutson, Karen S. McPherson, Alice A. Parker, and Claudine Potvin. Several previously unpublished poems as well as conversations with Brossard about women's studies; politics and the abuse of power; and the scientific, philosophical, and literary traditions that influence her work are also included.


Fluid Arguments
Susan Rudy
1551281139
Oct 2005
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Susan Knutson, Canadian Literature
"As always, Brossard’s playfulness leads us gently into a most serious consideration of women’s place in a patriarchal culture...."

Book Description
With tantalizing titles like "Only a Body to Measure Reality By," "Process of a Yes that moves its energy," "On Hell," "Are my tears universal?" and "Margin for Manoeuverability," Nicole Brossard’s essays pull the reader into writing that is gentle, searching, and unflinching in its examination of ideas, issues, and life. The difficult line between reality and fiction, the question of writing in French or English, women authors, Djuna Barnes, strategies of lesbian writing, the sensuousness of language— these are among the topics approached and opened within Brossard’s philosophy in Fluid...


The Blue Books
Nicole Brossard
1552451208
Apr 2003
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Book Description
Nicole Brossard’s lucid, subversive and innovative work on language has influenced an entire generation of readers and writers. But three of her seminal works of postmodernism and feminism have been lost to us for years. The Blue Books brings them back. A Book: A novel about a novel; five characters in search of a narrative, a narrative in search of an author. Brossard’s first novel, and a key work in Canadian postmodernism. Turn of a Pang (Sold-out in French): Quebec’s 1943 Conscription Crisis and the 1970 War Measures Act weave together to form the texture of a woman’s life. French Kiss: a celebration of the energy of women and language in the face of the male authorities of Montreal politics and the physical authority of the printed (and bound) word. The Blue Books collects these three...


Yesterday, at the Hotel Clarendon
Nicole Brossard
155245150X
Mar 2005
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Yesterday, at the Hotel Clarendon
Nicole Brossard
1552451658
Mar 2006
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Picture Theory (Prose Series)
Nicole Brossard
0920717225
January 1991
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From Publishers Weekly
In this confounding volume of poetry and prose, Canadian Brossard ( Mauve Desert ) offers disharmonious syntax and esoteric feminist theory, blended in a rambling anti-narrative about the search for meaning among a group of female friends. While giving snatches of background on each character, Brossard is not really concerned with conventional story lines but with the "formulation a body undertakes in regard to anspace is correct/pk other to reach agreement with a movement of thought." Mutual desire between women seems to result in a transcendence of words: "Responding to certain signs, with complete fluidity, our bodies interlaced m'urged to fuse in astonishment or fascination." A woman, when she has expunged the "haunting memory of Man," overthrown the "semantic line . . . of patriarchal subjectivity," will...


Mauve Desert
Nicole Brossard
1552451720
Mar 2006
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From Publishers Weekly
Mauve Desert is the first section in this three-part, postmodern, feminist fiction; in this novel-within-a-novel, 15-year-old Melanie, with a bad case of existential angst, finds comfort driving through the Arizona desert late at night. In the second section Maude Laures reads Mauve Desert , and "her whole being plunges into the book." She thirsts for more than the short novel reveals, elaborates on the setting (photos portray her images of one character), decides to translate the book and imagines a conversation with the author. The final section is Laures's translation, which tells the same story with minor changes. Brossard (coauthor of Picture Theory ) focuses on issues of fiction to the exclusion of traditional development, neglecting concrete detail in favor of ideas and language. Characters speak in a...

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