Gaston Miron: From Hybrid Genres to Hybrid Identities

in Hybrid Genres / L'Hybridité des genres
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This essay examines the work of Québécois poet Gaston Miron as a case study of hybridity in the areas of literary genre and identity formation. Hybridity as applied to the humanities is sometimes contested as a valid concept, and so there is first a consideration of how hybridity can be applied (perhaps metaphorically) to culture and then continues by seeking to demonstrate that Miron the poet hybridizes genres ultimately as part of his project to hybridize who he is, Miron the man. By placing his poetic work in dialogue with the philosophical concepts of Kwame Anthony Appiah and Edouard Glissant, this essay argues that, when applied to the humanities, the concept of hybridity actually provides an important descriptive metaphor for understanding how cultures, languages, genres, and identities are constituted and can be understood.

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