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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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
every day

“Living in contradictions is what we experience every day. Why do we know so little about it?”

Gisela Febel

“Contradictions need to be articulated in order to exist.”

Martin Nonhoff

“The contradiction of law in Derrida lies in the interstice that separates the impossibility of deconstructing justice from the possibility of deconstructing law.”

Andreas Fischer-Lescano
l’illusion d’une unité

“Foucault speaks of contradiction as l’illusion d’une unité.”

Ingo H. Warnke
ideal of a contradiction-free world

“Science has long been animated by the ideal of a contradiction-free world in which logical orders could merge with society, politics, culture and language. In the GRC Contradiction Studies we are working on ways of describing the multiplicity and complexity, the danger and beauty of our worlds that clearly go beyond concepts of freedom from contradiction.”

Michi Knecht