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When French-Canadian literature freed itself from the tutelage of Paris

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Soon after the Second World War, a dispute broke out between a group of French intellectuals and the Montral-based publisher Robert Charbonneau. Charbonneau's views on the grievances of the French are brought together in: La France et nous. Around the same time, Charbonneau's friend Berthelot Brunet wrote a Histoire de la littrature franaise in which he is critical of French culture. The two texts mark a break with France, a refusal of its hegemony, and at the same time they give an idea of what was to be known as la littrature qubcoise.

Keywords: Brunet; Charbonneau; France; French-Canadian; culture; hegemony; literature

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Trinity College Dublin.

Publication date: November 15, 2007

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  • The International Journal of Francophone Studies offers a critical preview for a new development in the understanding of 'France outside France', with a thorough insight into the network of disciplinary issues affiliated with this study. The journal complements the thriving area of scholarly interest in the French-speaking regions of the world, bringing a location of linguistic, cultural, historical and social dynamics within a single academic arena.
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