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"If We Dare To": Border Crossings in Erin Mouré’s O Cidadán

Author(s): Johanna Skibsrud

Journal: The Brock Review
ISSN 1188-9071

Volume: 11;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 15;
Date: 2010;
Original page

Keywords: Canadian Literature | poetry | language | Erin Mouré | Derrida

This essay explores the space of contact between languages–particularly that of French and English–within Erin Mouré’s recent collection of poetry, O Cidadán. The following discussion demonstrates the manner in which a tangible place for each language, without appropriating one into another, is created on the page. Drawing on the writings of Mary Louise Pratt and Jacques Derrida, I argue that instead of defining the language interaction, or translating one language into another, Mouré constructs a "contact zone" where deferring/differing spaces of language intersect and are made "visible" and are "touched."
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