The World of Books in a Linguistic Minority Setting

Authors: Richard Russo*, Frostburg State University
Topics: Cultural Geography, Canada
Keywords: literary spaces, francophone minorities, Canada, public libraries, identity
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: Embassy Room, Omni, East
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A public library can be an important repository of a community’s cultural capital. Therefore, libraries and the books they make available could serve as important resources in the efforts to maintain the identities of linguistic and cultural minorities. This case study of the world of French-language books available in the public library of Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Canada describes the situation for adult readers in both quantitative and qualitative terms. If books can serve as spatial agents -- creating physical, symbolic, and imaginative spaces for identity formation and maintenance -- what are the characteristics of these spaces? This study explores the potential links between these literary spaces and the socio-political spaces in which Prince Albert’s francophone minority exists.

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