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Strangers and Others: The Great Eastern

Dragland, Stan

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ISBN 10: 1897141777 / ISBN 13: 9781897141779
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Title: Strangers and Others: The Great Eastern

Publication Date: 2016

Binding: PAP

Book Condition:New

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Goon Show meets Jonathan Swift: that's The Great Eastern. Guy Davenport meets the CBC: that's Dragland. // Much has changed in the profile of Newfoundland culture in the time since The Great Eastern went off the air on CBC Radio. There has been a new and wider wave of Newfoundland cultural renaissance, making it more and more difficult for Canadians to sustain "Newfie" stereotypes. But in 1996 it was still possible for the likes of Stan Dragland to know little more than the stereotypical about Newfoundland. The stereotype exerts a strong invisible influence until something shatters it. For Dragland, that was The Great Eastern show. Written partly in the spirit of the show, Dragland's essay is not only thoughtful but funny. It's meant to be an entertaining book, fun to read if not light and frothy, unorthodox in form and content. In that it's like several of Dragland's other books and, come to think of it, if one can locate readers interested in unconventional non-fiction that finds its own form: jackpot!

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Stan Dragland lives in St. John's, Newfoundland. He is Professor Emeritus, Western University. He was founder of Brick magazine and Brick Books, and is still active with the latter. Peckertracks (1979) was shortlisted for the Books in Canada First Novel Award; Floating Voice: Duncan Campbell Scott and the Literature of Treaty 9 (1994) won the Gabrielle Roy Prize for Canadian literary criticism. The Bricoleur & His Sentences (2014), and Strangers & Others VOL. I (2015), were released by Pedlar Press, to critical acclaim. Strangers & Others was nominated for NL's prestigious BMO Winterset Award.

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