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I HAVE MORE TO SAY – this is not finished, it got lost

For the people who don’t like research writing because ‘you have to find people who have already said what you want to say’ – that’s not quite true. Note here, I cite 5 people in one paragraph, but not just to confirm my convictions. It’s to clarify impressions and answer questions, and if you notice I am setting myself up to bring in the argument/interpretation I want to (and the reason I am even talking about this text). Right? Repeat: you do not cite to argue by authority, or to tip your hat to kings, but because … well, knowledge, the advancement of knowledge, understanding, and that’s done with others … oder nicht?

Voyez-vous? Je suis très intelligente et très préparée:

Carl Brasseaux also considers Raynal’s account, and therefore Haliburton’s, seriously flawed since the original Acadians were actually “fiercely independent and anti-clerical frontiersmen” and not “docile, priest-dominated peasants” (11). But Longfellow’s Acadians are in large part noble savages created by philosophes, and Louisiana legend embraced this image. Hawthorne and Dana also observe the effect the peasants of the Loire Valley the poet had seen in his youth had on his portrayal of the Acadians, as well as the influence of his experience with Swedish peasants and his translations of Swedish poets on his descriptions of Nova Scotia. Greusz notes that Evangeline and her memory of Acadia stand outside time in the poem, such that rather than adapt or assimilate, she remains in “perpetual exile” (93). In the tradition that grows around Longfellow’s poem, she and the Romantic idea of Acadia will become touchstones against poverty and want, strife and greed, “immorality” and change—and for whiteness, as we shall see.

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