Wild geese, stage adaptation and notes

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Lakevold, Dale
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'Wild Geese' is a minor work in Canadian literature, yet it is a work that has been widely read and studied in Canadian schools and universities for many years. Despite receiving only modest critical attention outside the classroom, 'Wild Geese' has secured a place as one of the handful of novels from the early 1900s that helped to establish a new direction in Canadian literature. Some critics have cited the realism of 'Wild Geese' as the feature that most sets the novel apart from the romance forms of earlier Canadian writing. Other critics have chosen to call attention to the strength of Ostenso's romance writing as the novel's most significant feature. This stage adaptation of 'Wild Geese' and its supplementary series of critical notes explore the ways that a fusion of romance and realism might re-shape the familiar form of the prairie realist play. The play is supplemented by a series of critical notes that provide commentary on a range of subjects such as the process of adaptation, the production of the script, genre, repetition, the body, and meta-narrative. The script was revised in conjunction with a production of the play by the University of Winnipeg on April 6-8, 1999. (Abstract shortened by UMI.)