Academic journal article British Journal of Canadian Studies

Migrance comparée/Comparing Migration

Academic journal article British Journal of Canadian Studies

Migrance comparée/Comparing Migration

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Marie Carrière and Catherine Khordoc (eds), Migrance comparée/ComparingMigration (Bern: Peter Lang, 2008), 358pp. Paper. £37.30. ISBN 978-3-03911-317-0.

Canada, both French- and English-speaking, is undisputedly a land of immigration, and has been officially declared multicultural since 1988. It is not surprising, therefore, that such a phenomenon has infiltrated its literary production. Migrance comparée/Comparing Migration, a dual-language collection edited by Marie Carrière and Catherine Khordoc, seeks to investigate the now well-established and ever-growing movement of what has been termed 'migrant writing' or 'écriture migrante' in Canada. The text, however, aims to address not only an important and currently very popular literary genre, but simultaneously endeavours to bridge a gap in Canadian literary criticism, that is, a perceptible lack of comparative Anglophone and Francophone studies. Migrance comparée/Comparing Migration brings together two distinct but also related literary contexts in a single, bilingual volume, highlighting their similarities as well as their differences, encouraging a dialogue of cultural exchange between French and English literary criticism in Quebec and Canada, all of which is in keeping with the overriding theme of the book: plurality.

The collection of essays (the result of a general call for papers) is divided into six sections arranged thematically and comprising approximately three to fours entries each. A wide range of theoretical approaches is adopted, and a broad variety of texts and authors covered. …

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