Un mouticide : suivi de Arvida: l'écriture de la mémoire chez Samuel Archibald

Authors: Turcotte, Anaël
Advisor: Létourneau, Sophie
Abstract: This master’s thesis in research and creation is divided into two parts, a novel and an essay. First is Un mouticide, a retro-futuristic prospective novel with a humorous twist. The narrative, in the likeness of a philosophical tale, branches into three characters’ storylines: a young outraged girl, a bitter old history teacher, and a nostalgic farmer who go through an identity crisis and become disillusioned about their community. In a reimagined world at the limits of being a communist utopia, and parodying aspects of the roman du terroir and Plato’s Republic, a mocking narrator opposes a deterministic universe with the characters’ quests for meaning. The essay consists of an analysis of the themes of memory, writing and myth in Arvida, a book of short stories by Samuel Archibald published in 2011. The objective of the research is to depict the writer’s work as a construction between memory, history and fiction, knowing that Archibald stages his appearance in the stories as the author, and that most stories take place before his birth. The main three stories around which the reflection is articulated are subtitled “Arvida”: “Mon père et Proust”, “Foyer des loisirs et de l’oubli” and “Madeleines”. Throughout this journey, Nordic imaginary, heritage, fantastic literature and the author-narrator are discussed, to show how Archibald depicts a unique American and Nordic mythology specific to the Saguenay region in the province of Quebec.
Document Type: Mémoire de maîtrise
Issue Date: 2019
Open Access Date: 29 May 2019
Permalink: http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11794/35022
Grantor: Université Laval
Collection:Thèses et mémoires

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