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Anne Hébert

(1916—2000)

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Anarcharsis Cloots

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(1755–94).

Prussian in origin, he espoused the philosophe cause, was made a French citizen by the Revolutionary Convention Nationale, and expounded a doctrine of cosmopolitanism...

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Criticism in French

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The beginning of genuine French literary criticism in Canada coincides with the dawn of the twentieth century. It took more than a hundred years of patient development for French-Canadian...

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F.R. Scott

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(1899–1985),

Canadian poet, born in Quebec, educated at Bishop's College, Lennoxville, Quebec, and at Magdalen College, Oxford. Scott followed a distinguished dual career as...

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Gérard Bessette

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(1920–2005).

Born on a farm near Sainte-Anne-de-Sabrevois, Quebec, he spent his early childhood in the village of Saint-Alexandre before moving to Montreal in 1930. He was educated...

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Jacobin

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Originally a name of the French friars of the order of St Dominic, so called because the church of St Jacques in Paris was given to them and they built their first convent nearby. From them...

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Jean-Guy Pilon

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(b. 1930).

Born in Saint-Polycarpe, Quebec, he graduated in law from the Université de Montréal. He has been editor of Éditions de l'Hexagone and Éditions de l'Actuelle and was...

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Jovette Marchessault

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(1938– )

Québec playwright, novelist, painter, sculptor. Largely self-taught, her radical feminist perspectives are evident in all that she produces, most of it intended to provoke...

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Kamouraska

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(1970).

Anne Hébert's most successful novel, Kamouraska skilfully combines two plots. The first—based on an actual murder-case in nineteenth-century Quebec—takes place during the...

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La Saga des poules mouillées

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(1981).

First produced on 24 Apr. 1981 at Montreal's Théâtre du Nouveau Monde, directed by Michelle Rossignol, this powerful feminist play by Jovette Marchessault pays homage to...

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Louis de Saint-Just

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(1767–94)

French Revolutionary leader. He was elected an officer in the National Guard when the French Revolution began; his great loyalty to Robespierre led to his appointment to...

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