Just like her

Translated by Erin Moure
By Louise Dupré

Just like her
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Just Like Her (Tout comme elle, in French) is a searing and daring work of poetry, written for the theatre, about the inevitability of loss and the enduring nature of love. In four acts Dupré explores the difficult, painful, yet necessary separation of daughter and mother. ... Read more


Overview

Just Like Her (Tout comme elle, in French) is a searing and daring work of poetry, written for the theatre, about the inevitability of loss and the enduring nature of love. In four acts Dupré explores the difficult, painful, yet necessary separation of daughter and mother. In each act, we hear the voice of a daughter speak: of the relationship with the mother, of feeling unloved in her differences from the mother, of giving birth herself to a daughter, and of observing her own teenage daughter, who is . .. just like her. The poems are followed by a conversation between Louise Dupré and acclaimed Quebec theatre director Brigitte Haentjens about writing, women, theatre and life. In June 2011, Brigitte Haentjens will be directing the English-language premiere of the play Tout Comme Elle at Luminato the Toronto Festival of Arts + Creativity.

Louise Dupré

Born in 1949 in Sherbrooke, Quebec, Louise Dupré is a prolific and influential member of Quebec’s vibrant literary scene whose work is becoming increasingly well-known outside Quebec. Both a writer and an educator, Louise has received numerous prizes, distinctions and literary honours, notably her appointment to the Order of Canada in December, 2014, and the 2011 Governor General’s award for her poetry collection Plus haut que les flammes (translated as Beyond The Flames (Guernica, 2014). Primarily a poet, she also writes fiction, theory and plays.

Reviews

"The wideness of Dupré's work comes from the space left between vignettes, the breadth of the leap between moments, which takes on an emotional as opposed to a sequential logic, and which allows the reader to consider her own experience. " - The Fiddlehead

"Wry, startling, and brutally honest by turns, Dupré. ..capture[s] adroitly the myriad complexities, tensions, and contradictions in the construction of femininity. " - Canadian Literature

"Observational and acute, Dupré struggles with deep wounds, the scars of childhood and a loss of love. The relationship between a mother and daughter is rife with raw emotions ? anger, hatred, love, pain. It's both a reflection and a reflector. " - Telegraph-Journal

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