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date: 16 July 2019

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The very concept of a “Newfoundland literature” is more troubled than solidified by the growing literary production emanating from the island. Both non-Newfoundland and Newfoundland-born authors take the island and its occupants as their subject and produce diverse depictions of Newfoundland existence: rural or urban; nostalgic and romantic or cynically realist; beleaguered by the past or unfettered and open to any possibility or interpretation. Authors like Michael Winter, Lisa Moore, and Jessica Grant are producing literature that is “site specific without being regionally straightjacketed” and are thereby investigating and undermining notions of Newfoundland identity and place. To read any contemporary novel about Newfoundland is to become witness and participant to the active refashioning and reconsideration of what it means to be a Newfoundlander.

Keywords: Newfoundland literature, Michael Winter, regionalism, Newfoundland identity, Lisa Moore, Jessica Grant, Michael Winter

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