Le Québec en autoreprésentation : le passage d’une dramaturgie de l’identitaire à celle de l’individu

Abstract : This thesis traces and investigates the transition in Quebec drama over the last forty years from writing driven by collective identity to writing driven by the individual. The reading of the dramatic texts draws on a socio-critical approach, identifying discursive strategies and the poetics of self-representation in a theatrical tradition seen to be borrowing its devices from intimate literature. Consequently, biographically inflected plays and epic plays reinterpreting history are studied alongside the more explicitly autobiographical, autofictional, and self-reflective works that have come to typify recent Quebec theatre production. After having been resolutely political and language-based, Quebec drama—long considered reflective of the national aspirations of a people in a state of ongoing redefinition—is now interested primarily in itself as a literary trope. Theatre practitioners have become preoccupied with the narrowing space they occupy in Quebec society. Has the social process of becoming [“le devenir” in the Deleuzian sense] been replaced by an overwhelming preoccupation with the individual sense of becoming, not as a stated exemplum, but rather as the manifestation of a sense of uniqueness? The thesis examines the emergence of a self-reflective dramaturgy celebrating the autobiographical practices its artists are engaged in. Thus theatrical discourse is again in step with social discourse in Quebec, except that the dramatic mirror is reflecting a society of individuals preoccupied with their own personal sense of accomplishment.
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Patrick Leroux. Le Québec en autoreprésentation : le passage d’une dramaturgie de l’identitaire à celle de l’individu. Musique, musicologie et arts de la scène. Université de la Sorbonne nouvelle - Paris III, 2009. Français. ⟨NNT : 2009PA030033⟩. ⟨tel-00714413⟩

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