Engaging with a writer’s archives – their notebooks, personal journals, correspondence, drafts, and annotations – when analyzing their canonical work, enables us to shed a different kind of light on the latter, to penetrate a hitherto inaccessible meaning. Although some significant initiatives have emerged in Canada over the past two decades, the Francophone aspect of writers’ archives has remained relatively untouched by researchers, especially with regard to the corpus outside Quebec. This work provides insight into the present state of research into several archival collections and of studies into different unique collections comprising drafts and other documents that are part of genetic records of published works. While the studies on the Quebec corpus (Roy, Guèvremont, Hébert, Ducharme, Aquin, Tremblay, etc.) are more numerous, those on Ontario (Poliquin), Manitoba (Léveillé) and Acadia (Leblanc) are also represented. The various collaborations emphasize the range of possible approaches towards working with archives – including genetic, thematic, semiotic, historical, sociological, and diaristic – while highlighting the diversity and richness of different collections as well as their inherent problems and gaps. A copublication with the Centre de recherche en civilisation canadienne-française. Published in French.
About the authors
Sophie Marcotte est professeure de littérature québécoise au Département d’études françaises de l’Université Concordia, où elle dirige l’antenne Concordia de FIGURA -- Centre de recherche sur le texte et l’imaginaire) et du laboratoire NT2. Spécialiste de l’œuvre de Gabrielle Roy, elle dirige un projet de recherche qui consiste en l’édition électronique des manuscrits et inédits de la romancière. Outre ses nombreuses publications sur ce sujet (éditions critiques, articles), elle a fait paraître depuis 2013, plusieurs études sur les liens entre la littérature et le numérique.
Marc André Bernier is the Canada Research Chair in Rhetoric at l’Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières.
Born in Winnipeg, J.R. Léveillé is the author of over thirty books of poetry, fiction and essays published in Canada and abroad. He is the most widely reviewed contemporary Western Canadian Francophone author. An international symposium on his work was held in 2005. Leveille has won numerous literary awards, including the Manitoba Lifetime Writing and Publishing Award. Le soleil du lac qui se couche/The Setting Lake Sun has amassed numerous accolades, including winner of the Prix Champlain, winner of Le Prix Litteraire Rue-Deschambault, Very Honourable Mention--John Glassco Translation Award, and shortlisted for the Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award. It was chosen by readers as the winner in Manitoba's On the Same Page competition in 2011.