Poet, novelist, and essayist Nicole Brossard is Quebec’s best-known feminist writer and one of the most influential women of her generation. Since she began writing in the mid-1960s, Brossard has claimed as her sites of investigation language and reality, history and humanity, the present and the future. Brossard was born November 27, 1943, in Montreal to Marguerite Matte and Guillaume Brossard at a time when Quebec’s social, cultural, and political life was largely controlled by the Roman Catholic church. Her early years were spent on rue Garnier in the northeast of Montreal but she moved with her parents and sister to the Anglophone district of Snowdon when she was seven. Of “daily childhood”, she says, “when [it] is nice and normal, memories are few” (“Autobiography,”

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Citation: Rudy, Susan. "Nicole Brossard". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 05 December 2005 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=5302, accessed 21 June 2024.]

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