A Canadian novelist who helped shape Québécoise feminist language theory is UWindsor’s latest writer-in-residence.
Gail Scott, a fiction writer, essayist, and translator, will read from her works at two events and will be a resource for students during her time on campus.
Many of Scott’s novels and short stories deal with fragmentation in time, subjects, and narrative structures. Her ghost story, The Obituary, was a 2011 finalist for Le Grand Prix du Livre de la Ville de Montréal, and two of her novels — Main Brides and Heroine — were both nominated for the Quebec Writers’ Federation Award. Her translation of Michael Delisle’s Le Déasarroi du matelot was shortlisted for the Governor General’s translation award in 2001.
“She has done much to create a writerly community in English-speaking Quebec, introduce French feminist theory and writers to the general populace, forge a ‘new narrative’ with her own ground-breaking writing, and write critically about — and translate — other writers’ books,” said UWindsor English professor Nicole Markotić. “It's an honour and quite a coup that we’ve secured her as one of our writers-in-residence.”
Scott will read from her works Tuesday, Feb. 5, at 4 p.m. in Alumni Hall’s McPherson Lounge and at Mackenzie Hall’s Common Ground Art Gallery, 3277 Sandwich St., on Feb. 14 at 8 p.m.