Society as revealed in four Canadian war novels
Résumé: Le présent mémoire s'intitule Society as Revealed in Four Canadian War Novels. Les romans dont il est question sont: Les Plouffe de Roger Lemelin, Bonheur d'occasion de Gabrielle Roy, Earth and High Heaven de Gwethalyn Graham et enfin, Cabbagetown de Hugh Garner. Ces quatres romans ont été écrits entre 1944 et 1952 et traitent de la société canadienne pendant la deuxième Guerre mondiale, à l'exception de Cabbagetown, dont l'action se déroule pendant la guerre civile espagnole. Le décor est semblable dans chacun des romans: la grande ville. Le mémoire consiste en une étude comparative sociolittéraire des quatres romans. Il a pour but d'établir les parallèles qui existent entre les différentes cultures que l'on retrouve dans les romans et, par le fait même, de mieux connaître les sentiments des Canadiens de l'époque.||Abstract : The title of my thesis is Society as Revealed in Four Canadian War Novels. The novels I have chosen are Les PloufFe by Roger Lemelin. Bonheur d'occasion by Gabrielle Roy, Earth and High Heaven by Gwethalyn Graham, and Hugh Garner's Cabbagetown. The four novels were written between 1944 to 1952 and, except for Cabbagetown, which takes place during the Spanish Civil War, they deal with Canadian society during World War II. Each novel is set in an urban area; Roy looks at the French-speaking poor of Montreal, Lemelin the same group in Quebec City. Graham deals with the rich English in Montreal and Garner the poor English in Toronto. It is my aim to study the four novels in a comparative socio-literary manner. I hope to discover parallels between the different cultures dealt with in the novels. What was happening in Canada that caused four authors to deal in a realistic manner with the topic? The main direction of the thesis is to study the societies presented in the four novels in the hope of learning more about the atmosphere of the country and what the Canadian people were feeling at the time. For, according to the critics, the authors were creating a realistic picture of the country.