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Québécois Literature  
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The transformations of the novel have their parallel in drama. In recent plays emphasizing the intensity of love, gay characters are featured in tragic situations.

René-Daniel Dubois's (b. 1955) Being at Home with Claude (1986) is the story of a male prostitute who turns himself in to the police, telling them that he killed a young man. The play focuses on the dialogue between the police inspector and the prostitute, who slowly puts together his feelings and discovers his love for the man he killed. This very popular play has also had a second life; in 1991, the director Jean Beaudin made a movie of it with the same title.

Finally, two other plays, Les Feluettes (Lilies, or The Revival of a Romantic Dream [1988]) by Michel Marc Bouchard (b. 1958) and Provincetown Playhouse, juillet 1919, j'avais 19 ans (Provincetown Playhouse, July 1919 [1981]) by Normand Chaurette (b. 1954), should be acknowleged. In both plays, part of the action takes place at the beginning of the twentieth century, the first in Roberval, where two teenagers are deeply in love, and the other in Provincetown, where gay actors symbolically kill a child on stage.


It is difficult to predict with any certainty the future of Québécois gay and lesbian literature. AIDS, a conspicuous topic in recent books, will certainly continue to be a major concern of gay male writers, but not the only one. Lesbian writers are likely to continue to be deeply influenced by the powerful works of Nicole Brossard, Louky Bersianik, or Josée Yvon.

Lesbian and gay male literature seems destined to merge into mainstream Québécois literature. This process, in fact, has already begun. Indeed, most of the recent lesbian and gay literary works discussed here have been published by prominent Québécois publishers.

What is certain is that however it evolves Québécois gay and lesbian literature will continue to illuminate our lives.

Guy Poirier

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Basile, Jean. Le Grand Khan. Montréal: Éditions de l'Estérel, 1967.

_____. Iconostase pour Pier Paolo Pasolini; Discours poétique sur les gays, le féminisme et les nouveaux mâles. Montréal: VLB éditeur, 1983.

Bersianik, Louky. L'Euguélionne. Montréal: La Presse, 1976.

_____. Le Pique-nique sur l'Acropole. Montréal: VLB éditeur, 1979.

Blais, Marie-Claire. Le Loup. Montréal: éditions du Jour, 1972.

_____. Les Nuits de l'Underground. Montréal: Stanké, 1978.

Bouchard, Michel Marc. Les Feluettes. Montréal: Leméac, 1988.

Brossard Nicole. Amantes. Montréal: Quinze, 1980.

_____. L'Amèr. Montréal: Quinze, 1977.

_____. French Kiss. Montréal: Quinze, 1974.

Brunet, François. L'Acte de folie. Montréal: éditions Les Entretiens, 1992.

Butler, Michel. L'Homme de mon lit. Montréal: VLB éditeur, 1992.

Chamberland, Paul. Émergence de l'Adultenfant. Montréal: Jean Basile éditeur, 1983.

_____. Marcher dans Outremont ou ailleurs. Montréal: VLB éditeur, 1987.

_____. Le Prince de Sexamour. Montréal: L'Hexagone, 1976.

Chaurette, Normand. Provincetown Playhouse, juillet 1919, j'avais 19 ans. Montréal: Leméac, 1981.

Daoust, Jean-Paul. Les Garçons magiques. Montréal: VLB éditeur, 1986.

_____. Oui, Cher. Montréal: Éd. Cul Q, 1976.

_____. Poèmes de Babylone. Trois-Rivières: Écrits des Forges, 1982.

_____. Portrait d'intérieur. Trois-Rivières, A.P.L.M., 1981.

_____. Soleils d'Acajou. Montréal: Nouvelle Optique, 1984.

Dubois, René-Daniel. Being at home with Claude. Montréal: Leméac, 1986.

Marchessault, Jovette. Tryptique lesbien. Montréal: Pleine Lune, 1980.

Martin, André. Darlinghurst Heroes. Montréal: Les Herbes rouges, 1993.

Ménard, Guy. L'Accent aigu. Montréal: Leméac, 1983.

Roy, André. Les Lits de l'Amérique. Montréal: Les Herbes rouges, no 116-117, 1983.

_____. Monsieur Désir. Montréal: Les Herbes rouges, no 88-89, 1981.

_____. Les Passions du samedi. Montréal: Les Herbes rouges, 1979.

_____. Petit Supplément aux Passions. Montréal: Les Herbes rouges, no 79-80, 1980.

Schecter, Stephen. T'es beau en écoeurant. Montréal: Nouvelle Optique, 1984.

Sortir. Montréal: Les Éditions de l'Aurore, 1978.

Tremblay, Michel. Les Anciennes odeurs. Montréal: Leméac, 1981.

_____. Le Coeur découvert. Montréal: Leméac, 1986.

_____. Le Coeur éclaté. Montréal: Leméac, 1993.

_____. Damnée Manon, Sacrée Sandra. Montréal: Leméac, 1977.

_____. Demain matin Montréal m'attend. Montréal: Leméac, 1972, (1970).

_____. La Duchesse de Langeais. Montréal: Leméac, 1970.

_____. Hosanna. Montréal: Leméac, 1973.

Villemaire, Yolande. Adrénaline. Montréal: Noroît, 1982.

_____. Fidèles d'Amour. Paris: Mai Hors saison 7, 1981.

Yvon, Josée. Danseuses-mamelouk. Montréal: VLB éditeur, 1982.

_____. Maîtresses-Cherokees. Montréal: VLB éditeur, 1986.

_____. Travesties-Kamikaze. Montréal: Les Herbes rouges, 1980.


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    Author: Poirier, Guy  
    Entry Title: Québécois Literature  
    General Editor: Claude J. Summers  
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Transgender, and Queer Culture
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