Writing Acadia: The Emergence of Acadian Literature 1970-1990

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Rodopi, 1997 - Social Science - 243 pages
The phenomenal development of writing and literary creation among the francophone communities of eastern Canada has gone largely unnoticed and unprobed outside the fragmented land of Acadia. Writing Acadia attempts for the first time to observe from a distance the invention of literature in oral Acadia, and to interpret, assess and order the manifold manifestations of the transition from epic story-telling to writing as a means of nation-building. Having begun to write, modern Acadia has truly (re)written herself into existence, an existence now threatened by postmodern unwriting of literature.
Destined not only for specialists but also and especially for readers with a general interest in literature, including students of all levels, Writing Acadia presents generous samples of Acadian poetry, drama and prose, with accompanying English translations.
 

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in mentioning the book La Mariecomo, they call it a work of fiction, as well as claim that Regis Brun (my great uncle) was merely responding to the literature of the time. To set the record straight having interest in history myself i asked my uncle about this particular book.
the woman was not a fictional character, he had read her personal memoirs lived for a time in her hut in the woods and tried to live the way she had described and in accordance with the time period. La Mariecomo was more that a witch, more than a legend or tale. she is a real person who represents the Acadian-Metis identity. To call his book a work of mere fiction is an insult to Metis history and culture in the Canadian east coast. His work was a serious endeavour to capture the Acadian identity.
However, the author is right about one thing, Acadian literature is ignored... and clearly gravely misunderstood.
 

Contents

Foreword
5
PélagielaCharrette the National Epic
19
After the Epic What?
37
Early Plays
58
Rewriting Acadia
77
The Poetry of a New Acadia
94
Unwriting Acadia
110
Unwriting Writing
143
Writing Acadia Must Go On
164
Romans du terroir
177
Whither Acadian Writing?
194
Bibliography
208
Index
238
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