Joseph Yvon Thériault, Marie-France Guénette, Amélie Lemieux,

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ISBN: 9781771089258


The Many Identities of a Literary Icon

  Author:   Joseph Yvon Thériault, Marie-France Guénette, Amélie Lemieux,  
  Publisher:  Nimbus Publishing Limited

The eponymous character of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s epic poem, Évangéline, is an Acadian girl searching for her long-lost love, Gabriel, during the Expulsion of the Acadians (1755–1764). Originally published in 1847, Longfellow’s poem throws into sharp relief a dark chapter of Canada’s history, while also showcasing a strong female character that has left an indelible mark on generations of Acadians, French Canadians, Cajuns, and Creoles.

Examining aspects both historical and literary that led to Évangéline’s idolization across countries, cultures, and decades, sociologist Joseph Yvon Thériault presents three versions of the celebrated heroine: Évangéline the Acadian, Évangéline the Canadian, and Évangéline the American. The crux of his narrative seeks to understand if these three distinct identities might be merged, and whether they will survive the effects of globalization.

Passionate and engaging, Évangéline is a postmodern study on the many interpretations of this literary icon, and the melting pot of cultures she has traversed and influenced. Features a colour photo insert.

Details and Specs
ISBN associated with this title: 9781771089258
Item NB1449
PublisherNimbus Publishing Limited
PublisherNimbus Publishing Limited
Published on July 31 2021
Language eng
Pages 360
Format Paperback
Dimensions8.25(in) x 5.75(in)
Shipping weight0(g)
Joseph Yvon Thériault has been studying the challenges of memory and collective identities in societies for more than thirty years, with a particular interest in the Francophonies of America. He is the author of Identity in the Test of Modernity (1995) and Critique of Americanity: Memory and Democracy in Quebec (2005). He is currently a professor of sociology at the University of Quebec in Montreal.

Marie-France Guénette is Professor of Translation at Université Laval in Québec City. Her SSHRC-funded doctoral research investigates the cultures of translation at and around the English court of Queen consort Henrietta Maria (1625–1642).

Amélie Lemieux, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of Literacy and Technology Education at Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax. She holds a BA in French Literature and Translation Studies, and completed an SSHRC-funded PhD in Literacy and Education at McGill University in Montreal.