Régine Robin (born as Rivka Ajzersztejn to Jewish-Polish parents in Paris, 1939)[1][2] is a historian, novelist, translator and professor of sociology.[3] Her prolific fiction and non-fiction, primarily on the themes of identity and culture and on the sociological practice of literature, have earned a number of awards, including the Governor-General's Award in 1986. She has been described by Robert Saletti as "Montreal's grande dame of postmodernism".[4]

Robin's published works include Le Cheval blanc de Lénine (1979); La Québécoite (1983), translated in 1989 as The Wanderer, (Martin and Beatrice Fischer Prize for Fiction); Le Réalisme socialiste: Une esthétique impossible (1987, Governor-General's Award),[2] translated by Stanford University Press in 1992 as Socialist Realism: An Impossible Aesthetic; Kafka (1989); L'immense fatigue des pierres (2001, Grand Prix du Livre de la Ville de Montréal), a collection of stories; Berlin chantiers (2001, Grand Prix du livre de la Ville de Montréal); La mémoire saturée (2003); and Cybermigrances : Traversées fugitives (2004).

Robin holds degrees from the Sorbonne in geography (1962) and history (1963) and doctorates from the Université de Dijon (1969) and the École des hautes études en sciences sociales de Paris (1989). She began her career as a history teacher in a Dijon lycée (1963–1967) and then lecturer at Université Paris X, but immigrated to Montreal in 1977.[1] She took up her current post as a sociology professor at the Université du Québec à Montreal in 1982,[1] and co-founded Montreal's Inter-University Centre for Discourse Analysis and Sociocriticism of Texts in 1990.[3]

Honours

References

  1. ^ a b c Elizabeth, Haldane Sawtelle (2007). Spaces of Belonging: Home, Culture and Identity in 20th Century French Autobiography. Amsterdam: Rodopi. ISBN 90-420-2283-3. 
  2. ^ a b c d Greenstein, Michael (2004). Contemporary Jewish writing in Canada: an anthology. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press. p. 81. ISBN 0-8032-2185-1. 
  3. ^ a b "Régine Robin". Centre de recherche sur l'interimédialité. Retrieved 22 December 2010. 
  4. ^ Claudia Gronemann (2006). Les enjeux de l'autobiographique dans les littératures de langue française: du genre à l'espace, l'autobiographie postcoloniale, l'hybridité. Editions L'Harmattan. p. 100. Retrieved 22 December 2010. grande dame montréalaise de la postmodernité