Marie-Claire Blais Analysis

Discussion Topics

(Masterpieces of World Literature, Critical Edition)

What role do political and social themes, such as poverty, discrimination, and racism, play in Marie-Claire Blais’s work?

How does Blais use repeated images in her work to reinforce continuity?

How does Blais depict animals in her novels and what do they represent?

How does Blais address the problem of God in a suffering world?

Compare and contrast the lives of Samuel and Carlos in These Festive Nights.

Discuss the mother-child relationship in Blais’s novels.

Blais uses vernacular in her dialogue, unique punctuation, and Surrealist images in her works. What is their affect on the reader’s experience of reading?


(Masterpieces of World Literature, Critical Edition)

Dufault, Roseanna Lewis. Acting Mothers: The Maternal Role in Recent Novels by Marie-Claire Blais and Anne Hébert. Ada: Ohio Northern University, 1997.

Gould, Karen L. “Geographies of Death and Dreams in Marie-Claire’s Soifs.” Quebec Studies 25 (Spring, 1998): 9-14.

Green, Mary Jean. Marie-Claire Blais. New York: Twayne, 1995.

Green, Mary Jean, et al., eds. “The Past Our Mother: Marie-Claire Blais and the Question of Women in the Quebec Canon.” In Postcolonial Subjects: Francophone Women Writers. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1996.

McPherson, Karen S. Archaeologies of an Uncertain Future: Recent Generations of Canadian Women Writing. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2006.

Meigs, Mary. Lily Briscoe: A Self-Portrait. Vancouver, B.C.: Talonbooks, 1981.

Stratford, Philip. Marie-Claire Blais. Toronto: Forum House, 1971.