Writing, History, and Music in Do Not Say We Have Nothing: A Conversation with Madeleine Thien
Abstract: This conversation focuses on, but is not limited to, Do Not Say We Have Nothing (2016). In the first section, Thien dwells on creative writing’s mediating role in historical representation; she also comments on her relationship with characters and readers. The second section discusses the inspiring role of music in the creation of the novel and probes the meaning of music, silence and mathematics in politics and for individual characters. In the third section, Thien deliberates on the motif of “the Book of Records” and the implications of taking “compiling” and “copying” as creative forms. In the last section, Thien turns to her approach to June Fourth by linking it to the history of the Cultural Revolution. She also compares her writing with Ma Jian’s Beijing Coma and discusses writing as a way to connect generations.

Wyndham Lewis at Windsor
Abstract: IΝ THE LATE SUMMER of 1942, while I was visiting St. Michael’s College, Toronto, I walked over to Sherbourne Street, ...

Yankee at the Court of Judge Haliburton
Abstract: M OF HALIBURTON’S HUMOUR derives from his constant and skilful use of the anecdote, retailed almost always by Sam Slick, ...

Yin Chin
Abstract: (For Sharon Lee, whose real name is Sky, and Jim Wong Chu) she is tough, she is verbose, she has ...

You May Think This, But: An Interview with Maggie de Vries
Abstract: Valerie Raoul (VR): As a specialist in autobiography and gender, I’m interested in your book from that point of view. ...

Yves Thériault : Un vert avant la lettre

Cet article vise à démontrer comment Yves Thériault, en insistant sur l’importance de la nature dans la plupart de ses ouvrages, fut l’un des pionniers littéraires du mouvement vert. Après une brève esquisse des grandes lignes du débat environnemental et quelques remarques sur la présence de la nature dans la littérature québécoise en général, nous procédons à une saisie globale de la sensualité inhérente de la nature chez Thériault pour ensuite étudier en plus de profondeur la façon dont l’indigène interagit avec son monde ambiant. Le rôle de ce dernier est de donner l’exemple à suivre dans toute tentative de résoudre les nombreux problèmes environnementaux auxquels nous faisons face. Le maintien harmonieux de l’équilibre naturel s’érige en métaphore pour le maintien harmonieux de toute relation humaine.