“Guy Talk”: An Interview with Guy Vanderhaeghe

Nicola A. Faieta


Governor General’s Award-winning author Guy Vanderhaeghe discusses how historical fiction can resurrect the past in such vibrant detail as to make it seem more plausible and satisfying to the reader than a work of history. His own novels, The Englishman’s Boy (1996), and The Last Crossing (2002), explore how history and fiction are used to construct cultural myths, and how masculine identities are easily destabilized by larger political and ideological forces. Vanderhaeghe also discusses his two plays, I Had a Job I Liked. Once. (1992) and Dancock’s Dance (1996), and examines constructions of masculinity and the notion of an antiquated male code of honour.


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