La Rue, Monique

Monique La Rue, novelist (b at Longueuil, Qc 3 Apr 1948). Following studies in Montréal at Collège Jésus-Marie and Collège Marie-de-France (BA 1967), she received a licence in philosophy from the U de Montréal (1970), a master's degree for a thesis on Heidegger, in Paris (1971), and a doctorate from the École des hautes études in Paris (1976). A teacher at the Cégep Édouard-Montpetit since 1974, she collaborates on various magazines, and her output includes five critically well-received novels: La cohorte fictive (1979), Les faux fuyants (1982), Copies conformes (1989) - for which she received the Grand Prix du livre de Montréal in 1990, and La démarche du crabe (1995) that won the Grand Prix littéraire from the Journal de Montréal. Themes involving doubles, Americanization, love, and sexuality appear constantly in her novels, whose writing styles vary considerably. She also published Promenades littéraires dans Montréal, in 1989, with Jean-François Chassay.