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Mindscapes of Montréal

Québec’s Urban Novel, 1960-2005

In Mindscapes of Montréal, Ceri Morgan examines a number of francophone novels written between 1960 and 2005 and set in Montréal. Morgan captures each book’s formal innovations and engagements with the complex cultural and linguistic geographies of Montréal. She then broadens her analysis and fills in the aesthetic, social, and political backdrops against which these novels were written. In doing so, Morgan demonstrates the importance of the imagination in our experience and understanding of the urban.


272 pages | 1 map | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2012

French and Francophone Studies

Culture Studies

Literature and Literary Criticism: American and Canadian Literature


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Mindscapes of Montréal: Québec’s Urban Novel, 1960–2005 is a gem of a book. Highly readable, it moves out from its large corpus of Montréal novels to fill in the aesthietic, social, and political backdrops against which these novels were written. The author then moves back into the novels themselves, capturing each book’s formal innovations and engagements with the complex cultural and linguistic geographies of Montréal. Ceri Morgan’s treatment of Québécois literature overall is comprehensive and well-informed, but the appeal of the book extends far beyond the field of literary scholarship. Mindscapes of Montréal has a great deal to offer those, like myself, engaged in urban cultural studies, or others interested in Québec culture in a general sense.”

William Straw, director, McGill Institute for the Study of Canada

Table of Contents

Series Editors’ Preface
Acknowledgements

Introduction
1. The Manichean City: The Modern City
2. The City as Site of Trauma
3. The Spectacular City
4. Mixité in Montréal
5. Montréal as Metropolis: The Globalised City
6. Microspaces
Conclusion

Notes
Appendix: Novels and Critical Texts Translated in English
Bibliography
Index

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