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Subject/Keyword
Dialect Writing
Cajun French
Cadien
Dialect
Louisiana
Ethnic Theatre
Theatre
Cadjin
Cajun
Acadian
Identity
French
Acadien
Linguistics
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Bailer, Ashley D
Supervisor and department
True, Micah (Modern Languages and Cultural Studies)
Examining committee member and department
Reyns, Chris (Modern Languages and Cultural Studies)
Malena, Anne (Modern Languages and Cultural Studies)
Department
Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies
Specialization
French Language, Literatures and Linguistics
Date accepted
2015-05-08T14:33:27Z
Graduation date
2015-11
Degree
Master of Arts
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
This thesis investigates how Cajun identity, linguistic, cultural, ethnic, or otherwise, is depicted in the collection of theatrical pieces by Le Théâtre Cadien: Une fantaisie collective: Anthologie du drame louisianais cadien. It examines portrayals of Cajuns by analyzing variations in spelling and contextualizing the use of a phonetic orthography as an act of dialect writing. Through an analysis of the representation of the written word, this thesis establishes links between how that non-conventional spelling contributes to a character’s classification as Cajun. It then investigates the relationship between Cajun French, standard French, and English in the plays. These three languages are inspected in the orthography used as well as in the content of characters’ dialogues. Such a discussion contributes to an exploration and understanding of how identity is established and negotiated across the generations depicted. This is notably achieved by comparing the various depictions of Cajun culture, way of life, and language present in the anthology. Characters’ dialogues on Cajun identity contribute to an understanding of how Cajuns are distinguished from other French speakers in their respective plays. Finally, this research contextualizes Une fantaisie collective as ethnic theatre and examines how depictions of social problems and the Cajun way of life contribute to a conceptualization of Cajun identity. Overall, this thesis has found that in spite of the multitude of different ways that Cajuns are represented and that Cajun identity is negotiated in Une fantaisie collective, this collection of literary works still distinguishes French-speaking Cajuns as unique from other Francophones in Louisiana.
Language
English
DOI
doi:10.7939/R3QN5ZP1V
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