First published in 2000, Wayne Johnston’s The Colony of Unrequited Dreams is an enduring contribution to the literature of Newfoundland and Labrador. In Romancing History?, Stan Dragland examines the novel’s indelible portrait of its central character, Joey Smallwood. What liberties did Johnston take in transforming Smallwood from historical figure to literary character, and to what end? Starting with this incisive analysis of Smallwood’s “sea change,” Dragland offers a luminous reading of Johnston’s novel that sees it as “a giant contemplation of Newfoundland,” one “large enough and compelling enough and playfully original enough to earn a place alongside other nation-making epics.”
Stan Dragland’s Romancing History?: Wayne Johnston and “The Colony of Unrequited Dreams” is the 2001 Pratt Lecture, the oldest public lecture at Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador. The Pratt Lectures were established in 1968 to commemorate the legacy of E. J. Pratt. Over the years, the series has hosted world-renowned authors and scholars, including Northrop Frye, Seamus Heaney, Helen Vendler, Mary Dalton, George Elliott Clarke, and Dionne Brand.
ISBN: 9781778530180 , 9781778530197
Item Publish Date: 2024 / 02 / 13
Weight: 0.25 kg
Page Count: 64