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Le nom d’Yves Thériault évoque immanquablement le romancier des minorités, l’auteur d’Agaguk, d’Aaron et d’Ashini. On oublie facilement que Thériault était aussi un romancier « populaire », un scripteur radiophonique prolifique et, par-dessus tout, un homme pour qui l’écriture était d’abord un métier et qui a tenté d’améliorer les conditions de production de la littérature québécoise. L’analyse de sa situation dans l’institution et de ses rapports souvent conflictuels avec cette dernière permet de mettre en évidence certains aspects moins connus de sa carrière et d’éclairer d’un jour nouveau sa production littéraire et populaire.

Yves Theriault is mostly known as the author of Aaron, Ashini and Agaguk, novels depicting the life of three minority groups (the Jewish community in Montreal, the Montagnais Indians and the Inuits). In fact, he was a prolific writer who published numerous other novels, essays, short stories, and children’s books. To earn a living, he also led a parallel career as a popular writer, producing hundreds of dramas and sketches for the radio and publishing dime novels anonymously. A self-taught writer without a formal education, he always had a very tense relationship with the Quebec literary circles and academia. The critics were suspicious of his productivity and his recognition as a major Canadian writer was delayed accordingly. This study first looks at the relationship between the author and the literary establishment from 1940 to 1980. Then it analyzes how Theriault uses the same material in his literary and popular works, transforming and adapting it for different audiences and mediums.

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2-89224-040-9

Publication Date

1984

Publisher

lnstitut québécois de recherche sur la culture

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Lafrance, Hélène. Yves Thériault et l'Institution Littéraire Québécoise. Institut Québécois de Recherche sur la Culture, 1984.

Yves Thériault et l'institution littéraire québécoise

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