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Anglo-French Relations and the Acadians in Canada's Maritime Literature: Issues of Othering and Transculturation

by Brown, Birgitta, PhD

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Ph.D. dissertation at the University of Gothenburg, 2008Title: Anglo-French Relations and the Acadians in Canada s Maritime Literature: Issues of Othering and Transculturation.Author: Birgitta BrownLanguage: EnglishDepartment: English Department, University of Gothenburg, Box 200, SE-405 30 GothenburgAnglo-French contacts have had a significant influence on the fiction created in Canada s Maritime Provinces. The 18th century was a period of colonial wars. Contacts were established and determined by the hostilities between the two colonizing nations of Canada, France and Great Britain, hostilities that passed on a sense of difference between the two nations through situations of othering. Contacts, however, always generate transcultural processes which transcend or mediate cultural difference. Othering and transculturation are closely interdependent phenomena acting in conjunction. They work in processes manifesting themselves in so-called contact zones both of the colonial era and in a contemporary postcolonial context. This study investigates how processes of othering and transculturation are explored and discussed in a number of Maritime novels, Anglophone and Acadian, novels published from different decades of the 20th century in order to account for a broad perspective of the interdependency of othering and transculturation.With the deportation of the Acadians and the Peace Treaty of Paris 1763 French and Acadian influence was eclipsed in the Maritime region until 1881 when the first National Acadian Convention took place. A new Acadie was born, without territory, and today Anglophone Maritime fiction and Acadian fiction narrate a co-existence and a cohabitation where the historical past is an important agent in contemporary society and its literary production. Keywords: Maritime Provinces, Acadie, othering, transculturation, colonialism, postcolonialism, Mary-Louise Pratt, Fernando Ortiz, Roland Walter, Sir Charles G. D. Roberts, Thomas Head Raddall, Antonine Maillet, Claude Le Bouthillier, David Adams Richards, Janice Kulyk Keefer, Jeannine Landry Thériault.
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School:Göteborgs universitet

School Location:Sweden

Source Type:Doctoral Dissertation

Keywords:HUMANITIES and RELIGION

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Date of Publication:01/01/2008

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