Table of contents

Foreword | Christl Verduyn
Introduction | Tony Tremblay
1. Loyalist Literature in New Brunswick, 1783–1843 | Gwendolyn Davies
2. Literature of the First Acadian Renaissance, 1864–1955 | Chantal Richard 
3. The Fredericton Confederation Awakening, 1843–1900 | Thomas Hodd
4. Mid-Century Emergent Modernism, 1935–1955 | Tony Tremblay
5. Modernity and the Challenge of Urbanity in Acadian Literature, 1958–1999 | Marie-Linda Lord
Afterword | David Creelman 

David Creelman
Gwendolyn Davies
Thomas Hodd
Marie-Linda Lord
Chantal Richard
Tony Tremblay
Christl Verduyn


Examines the relationship between distinct periods of creative ferment in New Brunswick and the socio-cultural conditions in which those periods emerged. Contributes to current critical discussions about what constitutes “the creative” in Canadian society, especially in bilingual, rural, non-central spaces like New Brunswick.


The result [of this book] is a magnificent, if necessarily episodic and partial, analysis of two of New Brunswick’s literatures, and I encourage the rest of the nation to peek at how the book’s blend of multidisciplinarity can be used for wider application. Even if a reader isn’t interested in reading another study of historical writers [. ..], there is much to recommend this book in terms of methodology.

- Shane Neilsen