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Identities and oppressions: Jean-Claude Lauzon's Lolo (1992)

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This article approaches the fragmentation of identities characteristic of contemporary Western societies through the 1992 film Lolo by Jean-Claude Lauzon. Although it does explore linguistic, social, religious and ethnic divisions, this major piece of the Quebec repertoire recasts the sociolinguistic conflict between vernacular and formal practices (Labov 1972; Blanche-Benveniste 2002), raising questions of status and choice. This conflict is subsumed by the dialectics between primary and secondary culture. The cultural and linguistic opposition finds a primary metaphor in the film's central motif of the duality of dream and reality. No more than the cultural and linguistic can this opposition find a synthesis. This impossible reconciliation defines the constitutive rupture of the human psyche itself.

Keywords: Quebec French; domination; fragmentation; identities; language varieties; sociolinguistics

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: School of Languages and Social Sciences, Aston University.

Publication date: 2008-09-22

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