By Julie Robert

in the course of a time of uncertainty over collective identification and social transformation, Quebec novels all started getting ill – after 1940, the variety of narratives approximately disorder, sickness, and in poor health characters intensified. For the final seventy years, generations of authors have grew to become to medically orientated tales to symbolize daily existence and political turmoil. In healing health problems, Julie Robert investigates how the subject matter of disease is woven into literature and gauges its impact on depictions of Quebec’s nationwide identity.

Challenging the legitimacy of disease as a metaphor for the country, Robert contests interpretations of illness-related literature that experience provided Quebec itself as ill. via re-examinations of Quebec novels, healing health problems shatters the semblance of congruency among the country and the physique, countering assumptions approximately national weak spot and victimization. For Quebec particularly, those assumptions have better implications, as the separatist move, guidelines of interculturalism, and majority language rights revolve round conserving and protecting Québécois society and its cultural values. Robert skilfully demonstrates a extra nuanced view of affliction via a sequence of analyses targeting works of literature from a few of Quebec’s most famed novelists, together with Gabrielle Roy, André Langevin, Denis Lord, Hubert Aquin, Jacques Godbout, Pierre Billon, and Anne Bernard.

Using an interdisciplinary strategy that engages with nationalism, postcolonial stories, literature, rhetoric, and the clinical humanities, healing health problems explores how relocating past previous diagnoses deals new insights into nationhood.

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