Mindscapes of Montreal

Quebec's Urban Novel, 1960-2005

Author(s): Ceri Morgan

Language: English

Genre(s): Literary Criticism

Series: French and Francophone Studies

  • October 2012 · 272pages · 216x138mm

  • ·Hardback - 9780708325339
  • · eBook - epub - 9781783165391
  • · eBook - mobi - 9781783165407
  • · eBook - pdf - 9780708325346

About The Book

In examining a number of francophone Montreal novels from 1960 to 2005, this interdisciplinary study considers the ways in which these connect with material landscapes to produce a city of neighbourhoods. In so doing, it reflects on how Montreal has been seen as both home and not home for francophone Quebecers. Morgan offers an overview of the fiction; examines micro and macro geographies of Montreal, and identifies some key literary trends. In so doing, it reflects on the importance of the imaginary in our experiencing and understanding of the urban.


"'Mindscapes of Montreal: Quebec's urban novel, 1960-2005' is a gem of a book. Highly readable, it moves out from its large corpus of Montreal novels to fill in the aesthetic, social and political backdrops against which these novels were written. Then Morgan moves back into the novels themselves, capturing each book's formal innovations and engagements with the complex cultural and linguistic geographies of Montreal. The author's treatment of Quebecois literature overall is comprehensive and well-informed, but the appeal of the book extends far beyond the field of literary scholarship. 'Mindscapes of Montreal' has a great deal to offer those, like myself, engaged in urban cultural studies, or others interested in Quebec culture in a general sense." Professor William Straw, Director, McGill Institute for the Study of Canada


Introduction Chapter one: the Manichean city; the modern city Chapter two: the city as site of trauma Chapter three: the spectacular city Chapter four: mixite in Montreal Chapter five: Montreal as metropolis: the globalised city Chapter six: microspaces Conclusion

About the Author(s)

Ceri Morgan

Dr Ceri Morgan is Lecturer and Acting Director of Postgraduate Research in the School of Humanities at Keele University.

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