In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content:

DRAMA 375 maitrisee, Roy poursuit son odyssee amoureuse. Peu de surprise dans ce recueil qui s'inscrit dans Ie cycle des Passions du samedi amorce en :1979. Divise en trois parties, 'Les sept jours de la jouissance,' 'La pensee comme un corps,' 'Les heures apres les heures (journal),' Ie recueil offre ses meilleurs moments de lecture dans la premiere, la OU 'les chaleurs dormentensemble, les chaleursaucoinducreur' (p 71). 'Lapenseecomme un corps' contient sa part de vers rates et 'Les heures apres les heures (journal), n'evite pas toujours Ie ton salonnard. Mais je reviens a la premiere partie du recueil pourme convaincre de I'interet des Septjours de la jouissance: 'Ce qui restait de cette chose / lente, la chaleur de£aite I et Ie rire, les jambes, les linges / differents quand la conversation / se retournait. Ce qui reposait pres du lit, la musique/a l'endroite de l'amour' (p 9). En terminant, je tiens a preciser qu'il y aurait un autre article a ecrire sur les revues litteraires consacrees ala poesie. Que ce soit 'Poesie :1984' (Estuaire, 32-3, ete-automne 1984), Jeunes fiUes rouges toujours plus belles (Levres urbaines, 8) de Yolande Villemaire, 'Vouloir la fiction copyright la modernite' (La Nouvelle Barredu Jour, sept1984), 'Qui a peur de l'ecrivain?' (Les Herbes rouges, 123-4), 'Autour de la theorie ... des femmes' (Moebius, 22) ou Ie numero que Le Sabord (5, dec 1984) consacrait a 'Louis Jacob: l'urgence du reel,' les revues sont un bon reflet des forces vives d'une litterature qui s'ecrit et se questionne au present. Par ailleurs, 1984 fut marquee par une premiere: la publication de Miss Emily et la mort du poete anglophone montrealais Michael Harris, dans une edition bilingue preparee par Jacques Marchand. 'C'est la premiere fois, nous apprend Ie communique de presse de VLB editeur, qu'un editeur francophone publie un ouvrage d'un poete quebecois de langue anglaise.' Assisterions-nous au debut d'une ere nouvelle? Je tiens a dire, finalement, que mon article n'est qU'une lecture de la production poetique de 'l'annee Orwell.' Je n'ai pas tant cherche a etablir un inventaire de tous les recueils parus durant l'annee, que d'indiquer ceux qui me semblaient representer les tendances les plus marquantes et diverses de la poesie. Et pour ce qui est de savoir si 1984 fut un bon millesime ... comme pour Ie vin, attendons. Drama JOHN H. ASTINGTON The year was a lean one for English drama in Canada. Fewer plays were published: Playwrights Canada, the major source of dramatic texts, experienced some reorganization and a consequent drop in the number of plays printed, and only two or three others publishers produced even one title in drama. The result has been that only a handful of truly interesting 376 LETTERS IN CANADA 1984 plays received their first publication during 1984, and none of these is outstanding in any larger context. The publishing houses compensated for their relative quiescence by producing two large anthologies: Major . Plays ofthe Canadian Theatre 1934-1984, edited by Richard Perkyns (Irwin Publishing, 742, $18.95 paper), and The Penguin Book ofModern Canadian Drama, edited by Richard Plant (Penguin, 904, $14.95 paper). Both contain twelve plays (with two duplications), while a third collection containing the same number has been announced from Talonbooks, but it did not appear before the end of the year. This activity reflects a demand from teachers and students, and also, particularly in the case of the Penguin collection, the perception that there are interested readers of Canadian drama beyond our own borders. Such intemationalattention was signalled elsewhere by the appearance of Sharon Pollock's Blood Relations in the lively English series Plays by Women, published by Methuen (Plays by Women: Volume Three, edited by Micheline Wandor, 161, £3.50 paper). Although anthologies have been produced before, notably by Simon and Pien:e and Borealis Press, the appearance of these recent books constitutes a new attempt to present a corpus, a representative core, of Canadian dramatic writing, and it deserves some consideration in thesepages , notwithstanding my major brief to review new work. In fact, Perkyns manages to include three new publications in his...

pdf

Additional Information

ISSN
1712-5278
Print ISSN
0042-0247
Pages
pp. 375-383
Launched on MUSE
2014-07-02
Open Access
No
Back To Top

This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Without cookies your experience may not be seamless.