Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
The thesis deals with the three novels written by Jacques Godbout in the 1960's. The major focus of the discussion emphasizes the journey made through the three novels from the international ambiguity of L'Aouarium to the solidly-Quebec identity of Salut Galarneau and links this movement to the socio-political context of each novel. within the novel, the narrator's situation, his progress towards a sense of identity, and the change in imagery and syntax are analysed in light of this context.
The thesis examines the relevant aspects of Quebec society by reference to recognized authorities on the subject and through articles written by Godbout in the period. The analysis of the novels includes references to critics and contemporaries of Godbout as well as specific references to authorities on the interpretation of imagery and symbolism.
The sociological approach used in the novel relates the work of Godbout to his society and, beyond that, more generally to literature in any society experiencing economic, political, or social upheaval.
Cloutier, Diane Elizabeth, "Godbout: The Journey from L'Aguarium to Salut Galarneau" (1977). Open Access Dissertations and Theses. Paper 5182.
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