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date: 16 September 2019

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This chapter depicts four decades of Québec women’s writing and demonstrates how the authors create fictions that resist or contest dominant discourses by using humour and irony strategically. From a gender-based perspective, the survey establishes parallels between the evolution of Québec society and the changing targets that women aim at with their humour. It focuses on specific literary examples, attesting to many narrative modulations: strong militant irony in the 1970s; meta-feminist humour in the 1980s; and today, melancholic irony that may carry a sense of failure (things do not change as quickly as they should) or, on the contrary, a light humour, which purposely eludes crucial questions that are still pending.

Keywords: humour, irony, women, Québec, narratives, women’s writing

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