Annual Comparative Canadian Literature Conference at the Université de Sherbrooke
«A Certain Difficulty of Being in 2006» observed through literature of Canada and Québec
Sherbrooke, le 29 mars 2006 – The cultural construction of the female body, the self affirmation in Un arbre devant ma porte by Cécile Gagnon, the French and Persian versions of the Harry Potter books and their reception in Quebec and Iran... Today's literature often reveals the identity crisis and the questioning of our society. Masters and Doctoral students from the Comparative Canadian Literature program of the Université de Sherbrooke and from elsewhere will tackle this subject during their forthcoming annual conference in Comparative Canadian Literature. The conference, titled 'A Certain Difficulty of Being' in 2006: Comparing and Translating the Literatures of Canada and Québec, takes place on Thursday, March 30th from 8h30 to 18h30 at the Agora du Carrefour de l`information de l'Université de Sherbrooke.
Each year, students organize this interdisciplinary and multicultural conference aimed at all those interested in Quebec and Canadian literatures and cultures. A variety of topics grouped under the following themes will be discussed: gender trouble, a certain difficulty of being across literary types, translation difficulties, racial aspects and cultural representations in literature, and interdisciplinary and theoretical reflexions. Papers will be read in either French or English.
The conference features two keynote speakers: Makeda Silvera and Anthony Purdy. Makeda Silvera, an author of Jamaican origin, is co-founder and chief editor of Sister Vision Press, the first press for women of colour in North America. She is also the author of several novels and collections of short stories. Anthony Purdy is Professor in the Department of French Studies at the University of Western Ontario and has published numerous books and articles including Writing Québec: Selected Essays by Hubert Aquin (1988) and Prefaces and Literary Manifestoes (1990).
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Stéphanie Raymond, Information Officer
819 821-8000, poste 3876; Stephanie.Raymond@USherbrooke.ca
Roxanne Rimstead, responsable of Comparative Canadian Literature
819 821-8000, poste 2922; Roxanne.Rimstead@USherbrooke.ca
For a detailed program: www.USherbrooke.ca/flsh/nouvelles/colloque_lcc_programme.pdf