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Chantal RichardChantal Richard

BA (UNB), MA, PhD (Moncton), Assoc. Prof - 2008

Dr. Chantal Richard is available at the coordinates below, but can also be reached at her personal account:

In 2004, Dr. Richard received a PhD from l’Université de Moncton under Dr. Sylvia Kasparian and co-supervisor Dr. Rainier Grutman from the University of Ottawa. In addition, she completed a SSHRC-funded internship at l’Université de Nice Sophia Antipolis. Her PhD research focused on languages in contact in Canadian novels written in French at the end of the 20th century.

Dr. Richard has also taught at l’Université de Moncton and St. Thomas University. She became assistant professor at the University of New Brunswick in 2008 and associate professor in 2013.

The research of Dr. Chantal Richard gravitates around various phenomena brought about by languages and cultures in contact, and her interdisciplinary approach is informed by literature, linguistics and the digital humanities. Specifically, she focuses on discourse analysis, the creation of national identity and the media. Nonetheless, Acadian identity and literature, from the Acadian Renaissance period (1860s) to contemporary novels, remain at the heart of her research interests.


Dr. Richard teaches a number of language and literature courses within the Department of French, including FR 3844 – Migrant literature of Québec; FR 4824 – Acadian literature of the 21st century and FR 3064 – Business French.

Though her department does not offer graduate studies, she has supervised Arts 3000 interns, has been internal and external examiner of several masters and PhD candidates, has supervised an honours dissertation and a PhD research intern.

Primary research:

Dr. Chantal Richard is principal investigator of the interdisciplinary and interuniversity research project: “Vocabularies of Identity II: the evolution of collective identity in Acadian and Loyalist texts published in New Brunswick newspapers from 1880 to 1940.” Co-investigators of this project include historians, literature specialists and linguists from the University of New Brunswick, St. Thomas University, l’Université de Moncton and the University of Maine at Fort Kent and is funded by an Insight Grant by the Social Sciences and Humanities Council of Canada. The project was ranked second in its category (digital economy) in Canada. The first phase of this project, which is the follow-up to a pilot project (also funded by SSHRC from 2007-2010), consists of digitizing a corpus of 23 newspapers over a period of 60 years and inserting them in an electronic, searchable database.

Other ongoing research:

Dr. Richard is co-investigator of the book project: Moments of Literary Ferment in New Brunswick (principal investigator: Tony Tremblay, St. Thomas University). In the context of this project, she has submitted a book chapter titled: "Social conditions for the emergence of Acadian Renaissance literature (1864-1955)". She is also working on a multmedia electronic edition of the first postmodern novel in Acadie, Bloupe, by Jean Babineau.

Dr. Chantal Richard is a member of the editorial board fo the Journal of New Brunswick Studies / La Revue d’études sur le Nouveau-Brunswick since 2010 (

Selected publications:

Books since 2008:

Dr. Richard has co-authored, along with Denis Bourque, the Conventions nationales acadiennes (1881-1937) in three volumes, the first of which has recently been published: Conventions nationales acadiennes. Tome I: 1881-1890. Moncton : Institut d’études acadiennes, col. Bibliothèque acadienne, 2013, 389 p.

Dr. Chantal Richard is the author of Les Poèmes acadiens de Napoléon Landry. To be published by l’Institut d’études acadiennes, Université de Moncton.

Articles since 2008:

"Hétérolinguisme, cartographie et évolution du sujet postmoderne dans trois romans de Jean Babineau : Bloupe, Gîte et Vortex", La littérature acadienne du 21e siècle, eds. Cécilia Francis and Robert Viau.

Richard, Chantal (principal author), et al. "Textual analysis of bilingual corpora: a comparative study of Acadian and Loyalist discourse in the 1880s”, Journal of New Brunswick Studies/ Revue d’études sur le Nouveau-Brunswick, Fall 2013 (online).

"Le Vortex inversé : étude d’un roman de Jean Babineau à l’ère de la mondialisation." Trajectoires et dérives de la littérature-monde. Poétiques de la relation et du divers dans les espaces francophones, Amsterdam : Rodopi, dir. Robert Viau and Cécilia Francis, Fall 2013.

With Sylvia Kasparian. "Vocabulaire de l’identité nationaliste : analyse lexicale et morphosyntaxique des discours acadiens et loyalistes entre 1881 et 1890 au N.-B., Canada." JADT : 11e journées internationales d’analyse statistique de données textuelles, Université de Liège/Facultés Universitaires Saint-Louis, Bruxelles, Spring 2012, p. 845-857.

"À l’ère des brouillons électroniques : une étude génétique du roman Bloupe de Jean Babineau." Port-Acadie, n° spécial double 20-21, automne 2011/printemps 2012, p. 201-214.

"Poèmes acadiens de Napoléon Landry." in le Dictionnaire des œuvres littéraires de l’Acadie des Maritimes – XXe siècle, Prise de Parole, 2012, p. 213-215.

"Bloupe de Jean Babineau." in le Dictionnaire des œuvres littéraires de l’Acadie des Maritimes – XXe siècle, Prise de Parole, 2012, p. 27-29.

"Des mots comme les murs d’une maison : le leitmotiv de la maison dans le roman acadien contemporain." Studies in Canadian Literature / Études en littérature canadienne, Volume 35, n° 1, 2010, p. 165-179.

Selected conferences since 2008:

With Denis Bourque. “Représentations identitaires des Acadiens et des Acadiennes dans les Conventions nationales acadiennes (1881-1937).” Atlantic Canada Studies Conference, Fredericton, May 1-3, May 3 2014.

“De Fundy Bay à la Baie Française : les conditions sociales d’une reterritorialisation par l’imaginaire chez les écrivains de la renaissance acadienne.” Meeting Places : an International Canadian Studies Conference, Halifax, 18-21 September 2013, 21 September 2013.

With Sylvia Kasparian. "Du « nous » acadien au « they » loyaliste : une analyse comparée du vocabulaire identitaire collectif à la fin du 19e siècle par SPHINX et HYPERBASE." Atlantic Provinces Linguistic Association Conference, Moncton, 1-2 November 2013, 2 November 2013.

“Quel empire? Négociation des espaces nationalistes et impérialistes des Acadiens pendant les Conventions nationales acadiennes (1881-1937).“ French Colonial Society Conference, Louisbourg, Nova Scotia, June 13-16th 2013.

With Anne Brown, Margaret Conrad, Gwendolyn Davies, Bonnie Huskins, Sylvia Kasparian. “The Expression of Collective Identity through Lexical and Morphological Markers in Loyalist and Acadian Speeches of the 1880s”, 19th Atlantic Canada Studies Conference, Saint John, May 4-6th, 2012.

« Raconter l'Histoire: convergences et divergences de la littérature nationaliste et populaire pendant la Renaissance acadienne (1847-1955) », 19th Atlantic Canada Studies Conference, Saint John, May 4-6th, 2012.

"‘Je surf, donc je suis’ : la cartographie postmoderne cybernétique de Régine Robin." CIEF (Conseil International d’Études Francophones) spring 2011 conference, Aix-en-Provence, France, May 31h, 2011.

"Some Preliminary Findings in the Computer-Assisted Comparative Analysis of Acadian and Loyalist Discourse at the Turn of the 20th Century." Society for Digital Humanities/La Société pour l’étude des médias interactifs (SDH/SEMI), Congress 2010 of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Concordia University, June 2, 2010.

"Constructions lexicales et visuelles dans l’hypertexte du roman Bloupe de Jean Babineau." APLAQA Conference, Mount Allison University, Sackville, October 18th, 2008.

Book review essays since 2008:

"Remembering our Roots: Narratives about the Past, Present and Future of Acadie." Acadiensis, Vol. XXXIX, n° 1, Winter/Spring 2010, p. 164-173.

Author interviews since 2008:

"Entretien avec Jean Babineau : ‘Le rapport à la technologie et à l’écriture pendant l’élaboration de Bloupe’ ", Port-Acadie, spécial double issue 20-21, fall 2011/spring 2012, p. 215-221.

Invited lecturer and workshops since 2008:

“The Expression of Collective Identity through Lexical and Morphological Markers in Loyalist and Acadian Speeches of the 1880s.“ A lecture given in History 3403: The Loyalists (UNB Fredericton), 14 November 2013.

Invited guest speaker at the Canadian Federation of University Women (on Acadian and Loyalist collective identities) January 26th, 2012.

“Outils et méthodes d’analyse de brouillons électroniques. Un exemple postmoderne : Bloupe de Jean Babineau“, A two-hour lecture given in a Ph.D. seminar, Université de Moncton, November 17th, 2011.

“Shaping Collective Identities: A Comparative Lexical Analysis of Acadian and Loyalist Discourse of the 1880s.” A one-hour lecture given at the Arts Faculty Seminar Series (upon invitation), December 7th, 2010.

"La marge dans les brouillons de ‘La lutte contre les flots’." A one-hour lecture given in a Ph.D. seminar, Université de Moncton, November 21st, 2008.

In the media (selected interviews):

On the Conventions nationales acadiennes book launch:

Université de Moncton :

Radio-Canada Acadie : (starting at 8h42)

On the research project « Vocabularies of Identity II » :

Radio-Canada International : « Acadiens et Loyalistes au Nouveau-Brunswick – Étude croisée »,

L’Acadie Nouvelle :
Acadie Nouvelle

Radio-Canada Atlantique : « Des chercheurs se pencheront sur les racines du bilinguisme au Nouveau-Brunswick »,

« Examining the roots of bilingualism in Province », Ryan Melanson, The Telegraph Journal, le 24 juin 2013, p. 1-2.




Contact Information:

Chantal Richard

Associate Professor
Office: Tilley Hall, Room 236
Phone: (506) 447-3246