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Tessera was founded in 1984 to provide a continuing forum for feminist literary theory and theoretically informed feminist writing. At the outset, the editors wished to present the innovative feminist theoretical writing being developed in Quebec to English Canadian critics and writers; by so doing, it fostered the development of "fiction/theory," the term coined in the third issue to name this body of experimental writing. Tessera created a dialogue between French and English speaking women writers and theorists by publishing in both official languages and providing a précis for each text in the opposite language. In its commitment to feminist experimental writing and writing at the edges, Tessera published the most important feminist writers and critics in the country: Nicole Brossard, Louky Bersianik, Louise Cotnoir, Linda Hutcheon, Daphne Marlatt, Erin Mouré, Marlene Nourbese Philip, France Théoret, Audrey Thomas, Gail Scott, Donna Smyth, Lola Lemire Tostevin, and Aritha van Herk.
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