The UBC Early Romance Studies Research Cluster
is happy to confirm that
Dr. HAIJO WESTRA (Prof. Emeritus, University of Calgary)
will be speaking on
“PROMOTING CANADA’S RESOURCES TO EUROPEANS IN 1607:
THE POEM ‘A-DIEU A LA NOUVELLE FRANCE'”
on Wednesday, OCTOBER 15th at 4:00 p.m.
at UBC’s BUCHANAN PENTHOUSE (4th floor of Buchanan Building).
The talk will offer an analysis of ‘A-Dieu a la Nouvelle France’, a poem by Marc Lescarbot who spent a year at Port Royal (now Annapolis Royal in Nova Scotia). It is really a rhymed prospectus of the country’s resources and an invitation to invest in their exploitation. The aim of the paper will be to elicit the motivation and strategies of representation, focusing in particular on attitudes toward nature and autochthonous peoples, while comparing this text to others like it.
This event is sponsored by the Department of French, Hispanic and Italian Studies and by Saint John’s College.
It will be of interest to faculty and students in the areas of French Literature, History of Canada, Early Modern Studies, Colonialism, Oecology, among others.
See ATTACHMENT: Lescarbot’s 1609 map, from the Gutenberg project edition of his History of New France.
Other period maps will be shown during the presentation.
Info: Juliet O’Brien and Chantal Phan, Convenors, UBC Early Romance Studies Research Cluster:
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