Critics have been unanimous both in identifying the importance of naturalism in Albert Laberge’s La Scouine () and in linking his work with the fiction of. La Scouine, by Albert Laberge (), a series of discrete, interlocking sketches forming a novel, is French Canada’s first example of naturalism. La Scouine d’Albert Laberge. LF. Lorianne Foisy. Updated 14 April Transcript. La famille Deschamps vit en campagne et ne poss├Ęde pas beaucoup d’.

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Lemelin belittles his characters through caricature and through exaggeration of the banal. One wonders to what extent Laberge’s literary models may have expressed his perceptions of his own culture.

It is true that La Scouine defies the rural idyll by depicting life on the land as the existence of unthinking human beasts who have been brutalized, degraded and ground down to defeat Nevertheless, in its careful exploitation of the grotesque, the book lacks the balance of paradox and ambiguity characteristic of much realistic fiction.

The description of the land is coloured by recurring pathological images, which suggest disease and death: Labfrge Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants.


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Scouine by Albert Laberge. Document, Fiction, Internet resource Document Type: Paul Wyczynski et al.

Albert Laberge ; Paul Wyczynski. Dingding rated it it was amazing Apr 11, Bibebook June 9, Publication Date: Francis Morin rated it liked it Aug 18, Laberge seems to suggest that the grotesque distortions of life and environment are deadly parts of a brutalizing and destructive interdependence.

Return to Book Page. Pascale rated it really liked it Aug 13, Advanced Search Find a Library. In contrast to Laberge’s usual spare diction, this language approaches rhetoric.

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The isolation and the Rabelaisian excesses of the wake make the collective alienation of the village overwhelming. Veronique Perron rated it liked it Jun 25, Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. The literary structure creating and issuing from such a perspective was, of course, romance, albwrt pattern involving the elevated drama of representative characterization, conflict, affirmative resolution.

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The knife blesses and cuts equally. If, unlike Laberge, Lemelin shares with writers like Maupassant a talent for satiric, albertt comedy, the context of that comedy rests in a literary tradition which Albert Laberge was the first to appropriate imaginatively to the fiction of French Canada.


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Jean Rivard first addresses the reader directly in a manner which, for all its good humour, is basically homiletic. Other details have the same repugnant effect. Although extracts from La Scouine and his unfinished novel “Lamento,” along with several short stories, were printed in different periodicals over a period of sixty years, his published books, which appeared between andwere all printed privately.

The first paragraph of the novel sets the tone for this kind of depiction:.