Charles Batson – “Queer/ing Québec” – November 12, 2009

Through a focus on the stage-play Being at Home with Claude by René-Daniel Dubois and its filmic adaptation by Jean Beaudin, Batson proposes a reading of Québec as a Queer space.  In this Francophone province surrounded by hundreds of millions of Anglophones marked by cultural tensions even prior to calls for a “Québec libre,” notions of what constitutes minority and majority identities seem never fully fixed.  Our look at the Queer as an allegory for Québec may well reveal a Québec that participates in making, creating, and nourishing (itself as) Queerness.


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