Literary theory

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Our culture is being deeply affected by digital praxis: the way we perceive space, time, the relationships between public and private spheres, our identity, and our privacy are undergoing intense structural changes. The entirety of our lives, our worldviews, our values are being altered. Literature has also experienced this metamorphosis in terms of its boundaries, styles, and structures, as well as with its cultural, social, and political functions. Digital praxis has an impact on both hypermedia literary forms and print literature. The Canada Research Chair is less focused on digital literature itself, and more on literature in the digital era, which involves understanding how our culture is being globally affected through the analysis of recent changes in every aspect of literature in the digital age (for example, the concepts of the author, the literary work, as well as the notions of text and fiction).




Colloque international
Les 24 et 25 mai à l’Université de Montréal
sous la direction de Bertrand Gervais, Servanne Monjour, Jean-François Thériault, Marcello Vitali-Rosati
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Rewriting the Trans-Canada Highway in the Digital Age

How can we think of space in the digital age? This project aims to explore this issue by proposing both theoretical and practical lines of reflection. The mythical space of the Trans-Canada Highway will be just as much the field of study as the field of exploration for our research.


Projet Profil

Initially conceived for strictly practical ends, users' profiles have become little by little unexpected spaces of self-expression and writing. This project aims to understand this new profiling structure, in order to analyse the theoretical and aesthetic issues.


The status of the Author in Digital Era (FRQSC)

Questions on the status of the author in digital era constitute a major social issue that concerns communities of writers and readers. Since authors are the authority, how can we rethink the process of validation and legitimization of literary contents published online today?

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