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Jody Danard

“Perdre le Nord”: Literary Subject Constructions in the Narrative Imagined Space of the North in French Canadian Contemporary Literatures from Québec, Acadie and Autochthonous Territories

The North as a contradictory figure between man and nature, space and history, fact and construction has always exerted a certain fascination on people in Europe and has increasingly been used as a spatial narrative frame in literature from Québec – but also of Acadian or autochthonous provenance. The fictional(ised) North has since come under the scrutiny of researchers as a cultural-geographical space of identitary negotiation, but especially as a literary-aesthetic space of identity construction. My PhD project focuses on the following research questions: In what ways have subject constructions with reference to the North been constructed literarily, aesthetically and narratively in exemplary French Canadian narrative texts since the 2000s? Which long-lived topoi and narratives play a role in the different corpora? What new narratives are emerging?

Research interests
  • French Canadian Literature
  • Indigenous Literature
  • Space in Narratives
  • Imagined North
Vita
  • Since January 2022
    Research assistant, Department of French Literature, University of Bremen.
  • 2019-2021
    M.Ed. English & French Philology, Christian-Albrechts University Kiel.
  • 2019 – 2021
    M.Ed. English & French Philology, Christian-Albrechts University Kiel.
  • Winter term 2018
    Study semester at the Université de Montréal, CAU Scholarship.
  • 2016 – 2019
    B.A. English & French Philology, Christian-Albrechts University Kiel.
Publications
  • 2023
    Dystopie, Fragmentation et Filiation dans Aquariums de J.D. Kurtness. Nordic Journal of Francophone Studies/ Revue nordique des études francophones, 6(1), p. 34–44. Accessible at: doi.org/10.16993/rnef.96.
Lectures and Events
  • 2024
    Conference ESF Conference „Territory, Tension & Taboo“, Emerging Scholars Forum of the Association for Canadian Studies in German-Speaking Countries, 10.-11.10.24 at the University Bremen.
  • 2023
    Forum Junge Romanistik – Processus de négociations culturelles, filiation et identité dans Aquariums de J.D. Kurtness at the University Passau.
  • 2023
    44. Annual Conference of the Society for Canada-Studies. L’écoféminisme au Nord dans Bivouac de Gabrielle Filteau-Chiba in Grainau.
  • 2022
    Kolloquium Acabride – L’Acadie hybride with Prof. Dr. Karen Struve & Dr. Benjamin Peter.
  • 2022
    European Summer School for Canadian Studies (ESSCS) im Juli/August 2022, Stipendium des AIEQs (Association Internationale des Études Québécoises).
  • 2022
    Talk Les littératures autochtones du Québec: le renouveau du roman de terroir francophone ? at the Kongress des Frankoromanistenverbandes in Vienna.
Teaching
  • Summer Term 2023 | U Bremen
    Traduction littéraire français-allemandLesekurs zur Einführung in die französische Literaturwissenschaft.
  • Winter Term 2022/23 | U Bremen
    La littérature francocanadienne (Québec et Acadie): analyses de texte et préparation d’une exposition à la SUUB/Traduction littéraire
  • Summer Term 2022
    Einführung in die französische Literaturwissenschaft: Literaturgeschichte und Textanalyse.
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