For Better or for Worse

Marie Carrière and Catherine Khordoc

in The Oxford Handbook of Canadian Literature

Published in print January 2016 | ISBN: 9780199941865
Published online December 2015 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

For Better or for Worse

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This chapter traces the emergence of écriture migrante or migrant writing in Québec, particularly though not exclusively from the 1980s onward, and the sustained critical interest and debate that the concept has raised. The chapter also assesses the critical discourse that has informed the construction and proliferation of écriture migrante into an identifiable and often problematic category, determined its reception and validation in relation to transculture, and drawn the necessary attention to its pitfalls. The current replay of migrant writing in Québec’s literary discourse is also examined in relation to postcolonial and transnational frameworks. These have either paralleled or ensued from the literary and critical configurations of écriture migrante, contributing to a widened, and indeed plural, understanding of contemporary Québécois literature today.

Keywords: écriture migrante; migrant writing; reception; postcolonialism; Québécois literature; postcolonial; transnational; transculture

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Subjects: Literature ; Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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