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Directions Home : Approaches to African-Canadian Literature - George Elliott Clarke

Directions Home

Approaches to African-Canadian Literature

Hardcover Published: 1st October 2012
ISBN: 9780802091536
Number Of Pages: 320

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The latest work from pioneering scholar George Elliott Clarke, Directions Home is the most comprehensive analysis of African-Canadian texts and writers to date. Building on the discoveries of his critically acclaimed Odysseys Home, Clarke passionately analyses the beautiful complexities and haunting conundrums of this important body of literature. Directions Home explores the trajectories and tendencies of African-Canadian literature within the Canadian canon and the socio-cultural traditions of the African Diaspora. Clarke showcases the importance of little-known texts, including church histories and slave narratives, and offers studies of autobiography, crime and punishment, jazz poetics, and musical composition. The collection also includes studies of significant contemporary writers such as George Boyd and Dionne Brand, and trailblazing African-Canadian intellectuals like A.B. Walker and Anna Minerva Henderson. With its national, bilingual, and historical perspectives, Directions Home is an essential guide to African-Canadian literature.

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'Clark's research is impressive and humbling. Yet this is not the only reason why this book is a must have and must read.' -- Alessandra Capperdoni Canadian Literature, number 217 summer 2013

Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Divagation: Approaching African-Canadian Literature (Again)p. 3
Passport: Essaysp. 17
'This is no hearsay': Reading the Canadian Slave Narrativesp. 19
A.B. Walker and Anna Minerva Henderson: Two Afro-New Brunswick Responses to 'The Black Atlantic'p. 30
Introducing a Distinct Genre of African-Canadian Literature: The Church Narrativep. 46
Afro-Gynocentric Darwinism in the Drama of George Elroy Boydp. 58
Seeing through Race: Surveillance of Black Males in Jessome, Satirizing Black Stereotypes in Jamesp. 68
Raising Raced and Erased Executions in African-Canadian Literature: Or, Unearthing Angéliquep. 78
Let Us Compare Anthologies: Harmonizing the Founding African-Canadian and Italian-Canadian Literary Collectionsp. 91
The Idea of Europe in African-Canadian Literaturep. 102
Does (Afro-) Caribbean-Canadian Literature Exist? In the Caribbean?p. 116
Voluptuous Rapine: The Viscous Economy of 'Vice' in the Short Fiction of H. Nigel Thomas and Althea Princep. 132
Repatriating Arthur Nortjep. 143
Locating the Early Dionne Brand: Landing a Voicep. 154
Maxine Tynes: A Sounding and a Hearingp. 164
Bring Da Noise: The Poetics of Performance, chez d 'bi.young and Oni Josephp. 176
Frederick Ward: Writing as Jazzp. 190
Notesp. 207
Bibliographyp. 275
Permissionsp. 301
Name Indexp. 309
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ISBN: 9780802091536
ISBN-10: 0802091539
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 1st October 2012
Country of Publication: CA
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 17.15  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.57
Edition Number: 2

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