The C in RMC

The C in RMC

Submitted by Dr Erika Behrisch Elce, Dept of English

Putting the C in RMC, part 3: Dr. Pierre-Luc Landry, Department of French Studies

Welcome to 2017, and the third instalment of the exciting e-veritas series, “The C in RMC.”

Though RMCC is one of Canada’s smallest universities, it is rightfully proud of its scholarly output: every year, it proves that mighty achievements can come from small packages. And within the humanities, that adage more than holds true. It might be the smallest department on the RMCC campus, but the College’s Department of French Studies is a powerhouse of scholarly as well as creative production. Dr. Pierre-Luc Landry, a contingent faculty member since 2014, is deeply – and award-winningly – involved in both.

For Dr. Landry, creative and scholarly work are connected; he works on both simultaneously and each informs the other. Specifically, his scholarly research and writing examines the “hybridization of fiction and autobiography, natural and supernatural, and fiction and essay”—the impossibility of distinguishing between individual perception and an objective reality. Ojibway-Cree writer Thomas King says, “the truth about stories is that’s all we are,” and in his scholarship Dr. Landry traverses the exciting and controversial borderlands between art and life.

But Dr. Landry is even more than a scholarly explorer: he is also an award-winning fiction writer himself. In 2013, Dr. Landry’s first novel, L’équation du temps, was short-listed for the Prix France-Québec and was a finalist for the Prix des lecteurs de Radio-Canada. His second novel, Les corps extraterrestres, came out in 2015 and won the Ottawa Book Award in 2016. It has been translated into English by Madeleine Stratford and Arielle Aaronson and will hit bookstores in June 2017.

What’s next for this dynamic and prolific researcher and writer? Dr. Landry already has multiple projects in the works. In addition to publishing his short stories and stand-alone academic papers, he’s also involved in a group called “La  Mèche,” a creative laboratory of the Groupe d’édition la courte échelle, in Montreal. Dr. Landry defines it as a “hub for emerging talents in alternative and experimental narratives [that] publishes essays looking at creativity from the inside.” His current, long-term project with La Mèche is called Cartographies, a series of literary editions that expands the focus of Quebec literature beyond the borders of Montreal, where scholarly interest has historically been “heavily focussed.” The series brings together writers and artists “from different regions” around Quebec, acknowledging the multiple “literary territories” and perspectives that enrich Quebec’s artistic map.

How does this research benefit RMCC’s officer cadets? Dr. Landry brings his research, which consistently and urgently pushes “against heteronormativity in popular culture,” right into the classroom, challenging his students to think for themselves and to question the connections between nature and nurture, “fact” and “fiction.” This critical thinking skill-set is a foundational core of our modern military, and an essential component of good officership. That C in RMC – priceless!

Dr. Landry’s award-winning book, Les corps extraterrestres, is currently on display in the entrance of Massey Library. After 15 January, it will be available for borrowing.

Previous ‘Putting the C’ in RMC articles:

The First C in RMCC: 10763 Dr. Randall Wakelam’s academic success story
Posted by rmcclub on September 7th, 2015

The C in RMC

Posted on Sunday, April 17th, 2016

One Comment

  • Dr. Chantel Lavoie

    January 23, 2017 at 3:24 pm

    Thank you, Dr. Behrisch Elce, for that informative piece on Dr. Landry! It’s exciting to see the extent of scholarship happening at the college, and how alive and well original writing is here, too. We’re lucky to have Pierre-Luc enriching the peninsula creatively and bilingually.