Women by Women: The Treatment of Female Characters by Women Writers of Fiction in Quebec Since 1980

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Roseanna Lewis Dufault
Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 1997 - Literary Criticism - 270 pages
This collection of essays explores how female characters have been developed by women writers in Quebec since 1980; overall, women characters are depicted as being in opposition to accepted repressive societal norms. Many of the female characters are portrayed as writers, a recurring theme, perhaps as alter egos or projections of the actual novelists and dramatists. Some of the authors treat writing as a healing return to origins; some address the extent to which women have traditionally been excluded from linguistic and artistic expression. In this light, writing one's own history constitutes a crucial, courageous step for women who refuse to be silenced.

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