Lucie Hotte


Lucie Hotte
Professor and holder of the Research Chair in Francophone Cultures and Literatures in Canada

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Lucie Hotte


How Minority Literature is Created and Received

Faculty of Arts
Département de français

Research Focus

  • Study of French-language minorities;
  • The nature of minority writing;
  • Interaction between the text and the readership in an inter-cultural context.

Research Relevance

The goal of the research is to study the very nature of minority writing and more precisely the critical reception this type of literature gets. Research will focus on the comprehension difficulties inherent in certain minority texts, elements related to intercultural reception – notably from an ethical perspective – and the epistemological foundation of literary studies.

How minority literature is created and received: What is the situation?

Globalization is leading to a homogenization of cultures, which necessarily leads to even greater marginalization of minority literatures and cultures. It is therefore essential to have a greater awareness of what is at stake in how minority literatures are created and received so as to better understand how any literary institution works.

Lucie Hotte holds a university-level position dedicated to the teaching of Franco-Ontarian literature. She takes her research much further than that, however, for example by studying authors and readers of minority literatures, which is a theme that is emerging on the international scene. Little existing research looks at the relationship between the critical discourse on literature and literary production on the one hand, and the socio-cultural context on the other.

Her research will allow a better understanding of how minority texts engage their readers in such a way that those who are members of the minority community identify themselves with what they are reading, while readers from other communities feel a sense of exclusion.

The quality and quantity of Lucie Hotte's work combine to make her a frontline researcher in both literary theory and Franco-Ontarian literature. Her numerous ideas and research activities help stimulate the creators of literature, who require the presence of a critical discourse to both move ahead and to flourish.

Awards and Accomplishments

  • Royal Society of Canada Fellow (2017)
  • Prix Champlain du Salon international du livre de Québec (2011)
  • Gabrielle-Roy Prize for Roman de la lecture, lecture du roman.
  • Ontario's Queen Elizabeth II Award for a research project entitled « L'inscription de la lecture dans le roman québécois ».
  • University of Ottawa Faculty of Arts Gold Medal.
  • Post-doctoral research work, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, at the University of Ottawa's Département des lettres françaises, for a research project entitled: « Appartenance culturelle et réception littéraire : aspects théoriques ».
  • 2001-2004 – Research project entitled: « Entre l'esthétique et l'identité : réception des littératures minoritaires. Le cas de la littérature franco-ontarienne ».
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