"Sir Andrew Macphail's National Vision:
Rural Society and the Natural World in The Master's Wife."
Public lecture by Ian MacDonald, Concordia University,
Macphail Homestead, 2:30PM, Sunday, 14 August 2016
The Sir Andrew Macphail Homestead Foundation is delighted to invite members of the public to a lecture on Sunday, 14 August 2016, at 2:30PM, to be delivered by Mr. Ian MacDonald exploring Sir Andrew Macphail’s observations on society and the environment as exemplified in his masterpiece of Island literature, The Master’s Wife.
Ian MacDonald grew up in Newport, Prince Edward Island. He completed an Honours BA in English at UPEI and recently was awarded his MA in English from Concordia University, Montréal, Québec. His research interests include rural literature, ecocriticism, Modernism, and concepts of the rural.
His talk will discuss his MA research on Sir Andrew Macphail’s The Master’s Wife, taking into consideration Macphail’s prolific social commentary and criticism. He will discuss how the text represents more than just a fond retrospect of post-pioneer life on PEI, but expresses a national vision which uses his own agrarian upbringing to critique modernity, individualism, and industrialization while highlighting values derived from a close connection to the natural world.
Admission to this lecture is by donation. All proceeds will go to supporting the Sir Andrew Macphail Homestead Foundation in its mission to provide pertinent programming that fosters learning about our Island’s unique forms of cultural expression and heritage. Tea, coffee and light refreshments will be served.