Faculty of Arts
Département de français
Emeritus professor at the University of Ottawa, essayist, writer, literary critic, Jean-Louis Major has written twelve books, including the critical edition of the Journal d'Henriette Dessaulles, which has allowed the text to be better known, as well as a compilation of tales published in 1999, entitled Mailles à l'envers, applauded by critics as a classic of the genre. In addition, he collaborated to about thirty collective works and published over 200 journal articles in Canada, the United States and Europe. His essays on Quebec and French literature and on literary theory have allowed him to be known as a highly personal writer and one of the most rigourous thinkers of his field. Jean-Louis Major is the Director of the Corpus d'éditions critiques, a national project that includes participation from over sixty researchers from fifteen universities that aims to prepare a critical edition of fundamental texts in French-Canadian and Quebec literature, from the beginnings of New France to the end of the 20th century. These texts, spanning over 450 years, correspond to the diverses genres practices in each period, from the travel journals of explorers and missionaries to the novel and poetry. The works prepared since 1981 within this SSHRC-funded project are published in the Bibliothèque du Nouveau Monde, a prestigious collection created for this purpose, at the Presses de l'Université de Montréal, and directed by Jean-Louis Major. Forty volumes have already been published.
Featured Awards and Recognition
- Order of Canada - Member (C.M.) (2005)
- Royal Society of Canada - Lorne Pierce Medal (2000)
- Excellence in Research Award (1990)
- Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada(1976)