Two Plays: The Cage and L’Ile de la Demoiselle

Introduction by: Louise H. Forsyth

Translated by: Pamela Grant, Gregory J. Reid

Inspired by events in French Canada’s colonial history that have become mythologized in literature and culture, both plays centre on women struggling to break the bonds of their confinement.

In The Cage, the young “La Corriveau” is tried for murder in an unjust English court in Quebec City, while L’Île de la demoiselle focuses on Marguerite de Nontron, a woman banished to the uninhabitable island known as L’Île des Démons in the Gulf of the St. Lawrence. Translated into breathtaking and poetic English by Pamela Grant, Gregory J. Reid, and Sheila Fischman, this collection brings forth the power and magnitude of Anne Hébert’s abilities as an author and a dramatist.


Louise H. Forsyth

Louise H. Forsyth has always loved performance and theatre. As an amateur lover of the stage, she has acted, sung, danced, written, directed, produced, translated, stage managed, served as props manager, and hung out as much as she could as spectator. Woven into an amateur obsession with theatre has been her professional life, where she wrote two theses on the classic French writer of theatrical comedy, Molière, taught courses and supervised theses in theatre, drama, and dramatic literature, wrote scholarly studies about French and Québec playwrights, and theorized about acting and dramatic writing. Her areas of academic specialization are feminist performance and dramaturgy in Québec.

Along with her passion for what the women of Québec have written for theatre, she has been engaged for quite some time with developing theories of dramaturgy and acting au féminin, along with revealing the sources of tenacious sexism in the practices and conventions for doing theatre, for studyin


Pamela Grant

Pamela Grant is a professor in the Département des lettres et communications at the Université de Sherbrooke in Quebec, where she teaches translation, writing skills, and editing.


Gregory J. Reid

Gregory J. Reid is a professor of English and Comparative Literature in the Département des lettres et communications at the Université de Sherbrooke.


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160 Pages
8.37in * 5.37in * .40in


March 02, 2010



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