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Canadian Literature’s Issue 218 (Autumn 2013), Of Borders and Bioregions is now available. Guest edited by Anne Kaufman and Robert Thacker, the issue features articles by Tamas Dobozy, Laurie Ricou, Lisa Szabo-Jones, Magali Sperling Beck, and more.
Reviewed by Lawrence Mathews
The publication of this novel is the single most important event in the history of Newfoundland literature. The Colony of Unrequited Dreams is narrated by Wayne Johnston’s version of Joseph Smallwood, the politician who led Newfoundland into the Canadian confederation. It’s a true baggy monster, whose irrelevant warts I’m going to ignore in what follows. Instead, I’ll try to give some sense of the scope and daring of Johnston’s project. To establish a main […more…]