Love and labor: Representations of the female body in Quebecois literature from 1882-1970
Jones Kubiak, Aubrey
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This project contributes to the field of study examining the appearance of female subjectivity in the Quebec novel. Subjectivity is understood not merely as psychological, but corporeal as well, and as such, the appearance of the female material subject is explicitly traced in Quebec's fiction for the first time. Fictive works published from 1882 to through the Quiet Revolution, written by Laure Conan, Germaine Guèvremont, Gabrielle Roy, Claire Martin and Anne Hébert, are shown to produce fully-realized fictive feminine material subjects using varying narratological techniques related to the themes of passion and labor. These two corporeal traits are granted to female characters for the first time by female authors, giving rise to a pantheon of fictive heroines demonstrating alternative material subjectivity. Quebec's female authors thus are shown to contribute to the nation's changing mode of self-identification, from the traditional homogeneous nation toward the modern nation composed of heterogeneous body-subjects.