Once upon a Time in the (un)Enchanted Country: Gaétan Soucy’s Disturbing Marvel Cover Image
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Il était une fois au pays (dés)enchanté: le merveilleux inquiétant chez Gaétan Soucy
Once upon a Time in the (un)Enchanted Country: Gaétan Soucy’s Disturbing Marvel

Author(s): Vicky Montambault
Subject(s): Studies of Literature
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Śląskiego
Keywords: wonderful; fantasy; puppet; worrisome; symbolism; ruin; city; initiatory forest; imaginary; monstrosity;
Summary/Abstract: Within the framework of this article, we interrogate nature and function of the supernatural in the imaginary of Music-Hall !, (2002) a book of Gaétan Soucy. The notion of the wonderful of Soucy’s universe provokes a discomfort: he worries more than amazes. He inscribes under the sign the overthrow, the tale draws a world of (dis) enchantment. Firstly, traditional initiatory space represented by the forest inverted and moved to the city. This strategy influences the relation between nature/culture which becomes ambiguous. On the other and, certain figures relate to the universe fairy tales inverse double of certain characters, like Pinocchio. This intertextual strategy underlines the difficulties of adaptation of the protagonist in a modern world in constant change, a world where they feel stranger.

  • Page Range: 286-298
  • Page Count: 13
  • Publication Year: 2018
  • Language: French