Research Report 2007

Publications by writers and editors at Memorial University

Literature and Identity: Essays on Newfoundland and Labrador

By Dr. Ronald Rompkey

Book Cover: Literature and Identity: Essays on Newfoundland and Labrador

Literature and Identity: Essays on Newfoundland and Labrador brings together a wide array of Dr. Ronald Rompkey's articles, reviews and essays written between 1971 and 2006.

"Various claims have been made in recent years about the 'rich cultural heritage' of Newfoundland and Labrador but without an extensive body of critical writing to support them," Dr. Rompkey begins in the book's preface.

"My purpose is to gather together a collection of ideas associated with our literary life before Confederation and to touch on some of the more recent writers who have risen to prominence," he explains.

The essays cover a wide range of literary works including biography, autobiography, novels, poetry and travel writing, all relating to Newfoundland and Labrador. Authors such as Erle Spencer, George Cartwright and Sir Wilfred Grenfell are also examined, as are broader cultural questions, as in "The Idea of Newfoundland and Arts Policy Since Confederation."

These diverse pieces were originally published in Canada, the United States, Britain and France.

Dr. Ronald Rompkey

The volume contributes to the critical discussion of the province's literary history, and the ongoing attempts to place that history in perspective. In his introduction, Dr. Everard King, professor of English, notes that "Literature and Identity is an important collection for all those readers who wish to understand themselves and their place in the developing ethos of the province."

The collection is published by DRC Publishing in St. John's and is available in the University Bookstore.

The volume contributes to the critical discussion of the province's literary history, and the ongoing attempts to place that history in perspective. In his introduction, Dr. Everard King, professor of English, notes that "Literature and Identity is an important collection for all those readers who wish to understand themselves and their place in the developing ethos of the province."

The collection is published by DRC Publishing in St. John's and is available in the University Bookstore.