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Title: The governed voice : understanding folksong as a public expression of Acadian culture
Author: Gallant, Jeanette
ISNI:       0000 0004 2726 7696
Awarding Body: Oxford University
Current Institution: University of Oxford
Date of Award: 2012
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This dissertation investigates the folksong repertoire of the Acadians of the Maritimes, a small French diasporic community found scattered throughout Canada's east coast provinces. Exploring the relationship between folksong and Acadia's changing sense of nation from the end of the nineteenth century to the present day, chapter one begins by examining how paradigms in French folksong scholarship contributed to reimaginings of Acadian national identity and the socio-linguistic stratification of Acadians during the twentieth century. The following three chapters identify how folksong has helped shape different constructions of Acadian national identity in new historical contexts. The first describes the Acadians as part of an eglise-nation during the first half of the twentieth century, illustrating how differences in the Catholic clergy's use of folksong created a dialectical construction of national identity in Acadian society. The second looks at how provincial divisions between Acadian communities during bilingual language reform in 1970s Canada led New Brunswick Acadians to draw on folksong's historicity to claim space and compete with their English-speaking neighbours. The third reflects how the Acadians, since Canadian constitutional reforms began in the 1980s, have engaged folksong in constructing a 'borderless' sense of nation to express opposition to Quebec sovereignty. In an analysis of how Acadia's cultural voice has been governed in processes of nation-formation, this work explores how folksong's past meanings - newly framed and experienced within each historical moment - have affected not only the status of folksong, but also the Acadians' relationship with folksong over time.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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