20th century literature

Louisiana's French literature dropped off sharply in the first half of the 20th century. French was banned at schools in 1916, and the last surviving French journal, L'Abeille, ceased publication in 1917. The New Orleans Opera, the symbolic heart of Francophone culture, was not rebuilt after it burned down. The creation of the CODOFIL, currently presided over by Warren Perrin, has made possible the revival and affirmation of Cajun cultural identity. Talented poets and writers such as Richard Guidry, Jean Arceneaux, David Chéramie and Beverly Matherne are helping to revive a literature that has always been marked by violence and nostalgia.

Richard Guidry, L'Espoir, tiré de Cest pus pareil
Editions de La Nouvelle-Acadie, University of Louisiana, Lafayette (La.)
Jean Arceneaux, Je suis Cadien (extrait), tiré de Suite du loup, 1998,
Editions Perce-Neige, Moncton
Jean Chéramie, A 22 000 pieds au-dessus du Canada
© Jean Chéramie
Beverly Matherne, Les fils, tiré de La Grande Pointe, 1995
Stanley Barkan Publisher Cross Cultural Communications