UCL Institute of the Americas


The Changing Face of Quebecois ‘Anglo’ Literature: Dimitri Nasrallah and Ceri Morgan

10 December 2018, 5:30 pm–8:00 pm

Dimitri Nasrallah

In today’s Quebec the Anglo writing community is increasingly multicultural and multilingual.

This event is free.

Event Information

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Dr Tony McCulloch – Institute of the Americas
020 7679 2000


Room 103
UCL Institute of the Americas
51 Gordon Square
United Kingdom

By the end of the 20th century, many English writers in Quebec felt themselves to be doubly exiled, a small language-defined community limited within a larger French culture, divided by the hostility of the country’s language politics and far removed from a wider Canadian readership. They formed a chronically under-recognized niche of Canlit known as Quebec’s ‘Anglo’ writing. Two decades later, that’s no longer the case. Today’s Anglo writing community is increasingly multicultural and multilingual. They have built up a strong community of acclaimed publishers and grassroots support for their writers, who are being recognized in Quebec, across Canada, and around the world more than ever before.  Award-winning novelist, translator, and editor Dimitri Nasrallah is one such example.  Born in Lebanon during the civil war, the Montreal-based writer’s books have been widely acclaimed in both their original English and French translations (by novelist Daniel Grenier) for their global outlook and pertinent explorations of family, authoritarianism, and displacement.

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About the Speakers

Dimitri Nasrallah


Dimitri Nasrallah is the author of three novels, most recently The Bleeds (Véhicule Press, 2018). He was born in Lebanon in 1977, during the civil war, and lived in Kuwait, Greece, and Dubai before moving to Canada in 1988. His first novel, Blackbodying (DC Books, 2005), won the Quebec’s McAuslan First Book Prize and was a finalist for the Grand Prix du Livre de Montréal. His second novel, Niko (Véhicule Press, 2011), won the Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction, and was nominated for CBC’s Canada Reads and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. He lives in Montreal, where he teaches creative writing at Concordia University. He is the editor for Esplanade Books, Véhicule Press’s fiction imprint, and is currently translating Éric Plamondon’s 1984 Trilogy from French to English.

Ceri Morgan

Senior Lecturer at School of Humanities at Keele University

Ceri Morgan is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Humanities at Keele University. She is the author of a number of books and articles on the literature of Quebec and a former editor of the British Journal of Canadian Studies. Her most recent article is ‘Sonic Spectres: Word ghosts in Madeleine Thien's Dogs at the Perimeter and the digital map project, “Fictional Montreal/Montréal fictive”’, published in the London Journal of Canadian Studies (Autumn 2018) by UCL Press.