By Jennifer Bowering Delisle
Out-migration, pushed by way of excessive unemployment and a floundering economic system, has been a defining element of Newfoundland society for good over a century, and it reached new heights with the cod moratorium in 1992. This Newfoundland “diaspora” has had a profound influence at the province’s literature.
Many writers and students have pointed out Newfoundland out-migration as a diaspora, yet few have tested the theoretical implications of utilizing this contested time period to a predominantly inter-provincial circulation of frequently white, economically influenced migrants. The Newfoundland Diaspora argues that “diaspora” helpfully references the painful displacement of a gaggle whose individuals proceed to spot with one another and with the “homeland.” It examines vital literary works of the Newfoundland diaspora, together with the poetry of E.J. Pratt, the drama of David French, the fiction of Donna Morrissey and Wayne Johnston, and the memoirs of David Macfarlane. those works are the websites of a wide inquiry into the theoretical flashpoints of impact, diasporic authenticity, nationalism, race, and ethnicity.
The literature of the Newfoundland diaspora either contributes to and responds to severe activities in Canadian literature and tradition, querying where of local, nationwide, and ethnic affiliations in a literature drawn alongside the borders of the countryside. This diaspora performs a component in defining Canada while it appears past the borders of Canada as a literary group.
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The Newfoundland Diaspora: Mapping the Literature of Out-Migration by Jennifer Bowering Delisle