Francophonie in North America
This course will explore the issues that are unique to the diverse francophone cultures throughout North America. Acadia, Quebec, French Ontario, Manitoba, New England and Louisiana were all welcoming grounds to french speaking settlers where their voices are still heard. Each region, however, evolved differently both culturally and linguistically depending primarily on the presence of English, the dominant language of North America. By looking at the socio-linguistic structures and the functioning of each of these communities, the similarities that link these Franco-North American communities will become apparent. Students will see how Quebec has become, through its history, institutions, demography and geography, a major epicentre for North American francophone culture.