Workshop Memory and Narrative: Newfoundland and Labrador Literature and Culture

Stationary studies,

Instructor / Lecturer: Dr Nancy Earle

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This workshop will begin by examining works that explore two major topics in Newfoundland literature: the extinction of the Beothuk, the Native people of the island of Newfoundland, in the early 19th century, and the sealing disaster of 1914. The third day will be devoted to a play about the life, story-telling, and music of French Newfoundlander and folk musician Emile Benoit. The central questions we will ask of these texts are: How and why do artists make use of history? How do narratives become meaningful in shaping the identities of places and peoples? Do stories communicated through an oral tradition serve different functions than written (literary) texts?