Magazine article Herizons

The Blue Books by Nicole Brossard

Magazine article Herizons

The Blue Books by Nicole Brossard

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COACH HOUSE PRESS, 2003

In The Aerial Letter, Nicole Brossard writes, "I think the wild love between two women is so totally inconceivable -- one almost has to rethink the world, to understand what it is that happens to us. And we can rethink the world only through words."

This quote makes every word in The Blue Books resonate that much more. And it allows careful readers to see how Brossard began her journey to rethink language, change it, and shape it more appropriately to fit female experience.

Nicole Brossard is the author of more than 20 books of poetry, fiction and essays and is considered a visionary in feminism and post-modernism. Without a doubt, she is one of the most influential writers in French Canada. And one of the few who is also known to many English-speaking readers, particularly to English-speaking feminists who found in her writings the revolutionary kind of thinking apparent in American thinkers and writers like Mary Daly, Judy Grahn and Adrienne Rich, but noticeably absent from English Canadian feminist writings. Brossard's work is highly experimental, linguistically subversive, inherently sexual and openly lesbian -- even when she's not writing about lesbian subjects. Brossard seeks to do more than merely say new things; instead she experiments, creates and recreates language to find new ways to say things that cannot be expressed in conventional thinking/language.

The Blue Books (so named because the books were originally issued in plain blue covers) is a collection of her three best known works: A Book, Turn of a Pang and French Kiss. …

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