Je me souviens Front Cover

Paperback / softback
ISBN: 9780889224537
Pages: 96
Pub. Date: September 15 2001
Dimensions: 8.5" x 5.5" x 0.25"
Rights: Available: WORLD
Drama / DRA013000

  • FICTION / Literary
  • FICTION / Westerns
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs
  • LITERARY CRITICISM / Subjects & Themes / Women
  • POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Immigration
  • FICTION / Disaster
  • POETRY / Canadian
  • DRAMA / Canadian

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Je me souviens

By Lorena Gale

In this powerful dramatic monologue, Lorena Gale remembers, by reconstructing for the audience, her childhood and coming of age as an African-Canadian in Montreal.

Her autobiographical protagonist is unabashedly one of those spoil-sport “ethniques” who, for political factions led by the likes of Parizeau, undermined and destroyed the separatist “pur-laine” vision of a new Quebec nation, sparkling and clean in its coat of only three colours—the seamless snow-white of the landscape, the royal blue of the sky, and the golden yellow of the sun (king), all allusions to the symbology of the imperialists who founded this “new nation,” this “new France.”

In a dream-sequence / folksong which is played in ironic fragments between the voices adopted by the actress, Gale lyricizes the long, parallel process of rediscovering her self, first as a dark speck on the horizon where pure white meets pure blue, then finally as a full-grown adult, whose race, gender and class are far more definitive of her person than the vapid dreams of the neo-nationalists of the late 20th century.

Short-listed 2002 Governor General's Literary Award for Drama

“Je me souviens is a valuable text for anyone interested in contemporary Quebec history or the ongoing struggle to establish and define Québécois identity … ”
Canadian Literature