Evangeline Reconsidered

Evangeline Reconsidered

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Evangeline Reconsidered: The Intriguing Story behind an Acadian Icon

by Veni Harlan


About the Book

When poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow published Evangeline: A Tale of Acadie in 1847, he gave voice to a people who had been essentially forgotten and memorialized an event of historic significance, Le Grand Dérangement—the forced expulsion of Acadians from Nova Scotia. The poem brought recognition for a unique ethnic group and gave the world an enigmatic icon, Evangeline. History, fiction, pride, and poetry have since blended together with each generation. But the universal tenets embodied by Evangeline—love, perseverance, and hope, continue to resonate with people from all walks of life.


Praise for Evangeline Reconsidered

“A long-needed work on a theme so central to Louisiana history, culture and identity.” —Brian Costello, author & historian

“You have captured the evolution of the Evangeline story by sifting through the generational contexts.” —Liz Williams, cultural anthropologist

“This book should be used as a textbook for teaching history, literature, and sociology in every school in Louisiana, French Canada, and parts of France.” —Warren Perrin, author & chair of the Acadian Museum


About the Author

Veni Harlan is a multi-disciplinary creative who has worked as a graphic designer, photographer, art director, educator, communications consultant, writer, and environmental advocate. She completed an MFA in graphic design from Louisiana State University and a Fellowship in environmental communication from Loyola University New Orleans and maintains an endless curiosity in regional history, culture, iconography, and the natural world. Gulf Coast roots inspire Harlan’s work which has been recognized in the fields of graphic design, photography, and conservation. Harlan resides in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.


2022 | 84 pages | 9780578332871