Charles Batson – “The Passages of a Queer Québec ” – November 18, 2010

Through a focus on Larry Tremblay’s short story “Piercing,” Professor Charles Batson proposes a reading of the Québécois landscape as one marked by transgression, by crossings, by Queerness. In this Francophone province surrounded by hundreds of millions of Anglophones, constant transpositions seem to unsettle notions of fixed personal and cultural identities and point to Québec as a particularly Queer space. With an analysis of the 2009 award-winning film J’ai tué ma mère (I Killed My Mother) by the 19-year-old Xavier Dolan, we see liminality as central to an understanding of a Queer Québec.

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