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Volume 9, Issue 3
  • ISSN: 1368-2679
  • E-ISSN: 1758-9142


The identitary concerns of contemporary transcultured fiction from Englishspeaking Canada and French-speaking Qubec are often thematized through a reworking of religious iconography and language. Pierre Nepveu has argued that is essential to post-nationalist preoccupations in contemporary Qubcois culture. Work on in Qubcois theory finds an echo in the contemporary interest in postcolonial side-by-sidedness. In , Rowland Smith argues that current research in postcolonialism has moved beyond an oppositional stance (i.e. in a term like writing back) to investigate new kinds of side-by-sidedness that lead to the possibility of sharing cultural experience rather than resisting the imposition of alien forms of culture. It is proposed that the postcolonial acceptance of the continual becoming of identity () is sometimes explored through contemporary fictions' use of the trope of religiosity, as seen through the dynamic praxis of transculturalisms. In closing, a necessarily brief reference will be made to two contemporary novels: Robert Lalonde's (1993) and Lola Lemire Tostevin's (1994).


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