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By Jennifer Bowering Delisle

Out-migration, pushed through excessive unemployment and a floundering financial system, has been a defining point 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 effect at the province’s literature.

Many writers and students have noted Newfoundland out-migration as a diaspora, yet few have tested the theoretical implications of utilising this contested time period to a predominantly inter-provincial flow of frequently white, economically encouraged migrants. The Newfoundland Diaspora argues that “diaspora” helpfully references the painful displacement of a gaggle whose contributors proceed to spot with one another and with the “homeland.” It examines very important 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 vast 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 pursuits in Canadian literature and tradition, querying where of neighborhood, nationwide, and ethnic affiliations in a literature drawn alongside the borders of the countryside. This diaspora performs an element in defining Canada whilst it appears past the borders of Canada as a literary group.

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