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Fragments of a Conversation on Language

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"I have the feelings of a woman, but I have only the language of men"--Virginia Woolf, 1920. Over half a century after these words were written, feminist writers from Quebec and English Canada meet in a small restaurant in Montreal to discuss the absence of female reality in language. The group includes: Nicole Brossard, Louky Bersianik, Susan Crean, Dorothy Todd Hénaut, Jovette Marchessault, Daphne Marlatt, Gail Scott and Betsy Warland. Fragments is a lively tête-à-tête in which the participants compare--and transcend--cultural differences to explore the complex issues of women, politics and language.

1990, 19 min