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Faculty Reading Group

March 23rd, 2003

For spring semester 2003, the Franco American Studies interdisciplinary faculty reading group will be reading Ian McKay’s The Quest of the Folk. Ian McKay is a Professor of History at Queen’s University. His research interests lie in Canadian cultural history and in the economic and social history of the Atlantic Region of Canada in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The Quest of the Folk: Antimodernism and Cultural Selection in Twentieth-Century Nova Scotia is a genealogy of the myth of the folk in Nova Scotia. We will meet two times this semester. On March 28th we will discuss the first two chapters and on April 25th we will discuss the remaining three. We will meet from 4-6pm in the Franco American Center Library (Crossland Alumni Center). The book as well as a xeroxed copy have been put on reserve in the library under the course code REA 001. Please join us! Contact the Franco American Studies office at 581-3791 or Susan Pinette on First Class for more information.

The Franco American Studies Faculty Reading Group The aim of this group is to examine challenging texts within cultural studies, including but not limited to the following topics: language and identity; post-colonialism; language politics; the uses of history in identity formation, multiculturalism, gender, nationalism, the “literary” and ethnography, and “la francophonie.” It is hoped that these topics will be discussed from a variety of approaches in an interdisciplinary manner. Knowledge of Franco American issues is not necessary.

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Franco American Studies
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The University of Maine
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