Jewish Writers of Montreal as Innovators in the Canadian Satirical Tradition: A Study of a Selection of Novels by Mordecai Richler and William Weintraub

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Jewish Writers of Montreal as Innovators in the Canadian Satirical Tradition: A Study of a Selection of Novels by Mordecai Richler and William Weintraub
Abstract
The author explores the role of satire in four Canadian novels: The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz (1959) and Barney's Version (1997) by Mordecai Richler (1931-2001), along with Why Rock the Boat (1961) and The Underdogs (1979) by William Weintraub (b.1926). In order to argue that these two Montreal authors, using differing satirical approaches, are innovators in the Canadian satirical tradition for their focus on urban and minority concerns, the author first looks at the various aspects of Montreal society that Why Rock the Boat and Duddy Kravitz satirize. He then examines how these authors carefully modulate their responses to Quebec nationalism in The Underdogs and Barney's Version. The author argues that Richler and Weintraub produce a satirical vision in these latter novels that sharply censures the Quebec sovereignty movement but proves to be sympathetic toward French-speaking Quebecers' language and culture.
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Master's Thesis
University
Université Laval
Place
Québec
Date
2010
Language
en
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Brunwald, Jason. “Jewish Writers of Montreal as Innovators in the Canadian Satirical Tradition: A Study of a Selection of Novels by Mordecai Richler and William Weintraub.” Master’s Thesis, Université Laval, 2010. http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/obj/thesescanada/vol2/QQLA/TC-QQLA-27301.pdf.
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