The Place of Acadian Literature in Francophone North America
There has been a steady growth in interest in Acadian literary criticism and identity over the years. However, the study of Acadian literature has often concentrated on its distinctiveness as a national literature.
Dr. Jimmy Thibeault, Canada Research Chair in Acadian and Francophone Studies, is examining Acadian identity by focusing on its commonalities with other francophone communities. Thibeault is researching Acadian, Québécois, Franco-Ontarian and Western Canadian francophone literature, as well as migrant writing in Quebec and French Ontario. He is also exploring the cultural influences of globalization on Acadian identity.
Through his analysis of Acadian literature, Thibeault aims to better understand Acadians’ identity challenges, and the factors that distinguish them from other francophone communities. Thibeault will also explore how awareness of Acadian identity in literature has evolved in North America.
Thibeault’s research will lead to better understanding of Acadian identity, and will highlight similarities and differences in francophone literature in North America.