Romancing History?

By (author): Stan Dragland

Romancing History?: Wayne Johnston and “The Colony of Unrequited Dreams” closely re-examines how Wayne Johnston’s seminal historical novel combines fact and fiction to shape our perception of the truth. 

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.  

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Stan Dragland

Stan Dragland is originally from Alberta and now lives in St. John’s, Newfoundland. He was educated at The University of Alberta and Queen’s University and is Professor Emeritus, Department of English, The University of Western Ontario. He was founder of Brick magazine and Brick Books, and is still active with the latter. Among his books are Wilson MacDonald’s Western Tour (critical collage), Peckertracks (novel), Journeys Through Bookland and Other Passages (fiction and non-fiction), The Bees of the Invisible: Essays in English Canadian Writing, Floating Voice: Duncan Campbell Scott and the Literature of Treaty 9 (criticism), Apocrypha: Further Journeys (non-fiction), Stormy Weather: Foursomes (prose poems) and The Drowned Lands (novel).

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Romancing History?: Wayne Johnston and “The Colony of Unrequited Dreams” closely re-examines how Wayne Johnston’s seminal historical novel combines fact and fiction to shape our perception of the truth. 

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.  

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Dimensions:

64 Pages
7.5in * 4in *
0.25kg

Published:

February 13, 2024

City of Publication:

St. John’s

Country of Publication:

CA

ISBN:

9781778530180

Book Subjects:

LITERARY CRITICISM / Canadian

Language:

eng

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