Benoit Doyon-Gosselin

Canada Research Chair in Acadian Studies and Minority Communities

Tier 2 - 2014-07-01
Renewed: 2019-07-01
Université de Moncton
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council


Research involves

Using a sociological perspective to study the evolution of Acadian literature and its role in Canadian culture.

Research relevance

This research will lead to new discourse on the importance of Acadian literature that takes recent theories into account.

Reframing the Evolution of Acadian Literature

Since Marguerite Maillet wrote about the history of Acadian literature in the 1980s, few perspectives on Acadian literature have been published that apply literary theory to minority literatures. However, the cultural life of Canada has experienced many changes in recent decades. These changes need to be taken into account when it comes to Acadian literature.

Dr. Benoit Doyon-Gosselin, Canada Research Chair in Acadian Studies and Minority Communities, aims to use history and sociology to make Acadian literature better known. Doyon-Gosselin is examining the archives of writers and publishers to explore the literary history of Acadia. He is also exploring the relationship between Canada and francophone minorities in Acadia and elsewhere in the country.

As part of his research, Doyon-Gosselin aims to reframe how Acadian literary institutions have evolved, and to analyze the development of culture in Acadia. He plans to take into account the specificity of Acadian culture, while placing it in the broader context of societies that have gone through similar experiences.

Doyon-Gosselin’s research will provide a much-needed update of the importance of Acadian literature in Canadian culture.