After Canaan: Essays on Race, Writing, and Region

After Canaan Essays on Race Writing and Region Compton pushes us to look beneath the surface past those comforting tales of nationhood and racial solidarity to the nebulous and ever shifting truth This is a brilliant and original work that should

  • Title: After Canaan: Essays on Race, Writing, and Region
  • Author: Wayde Compton
  • ISBN: 9781551523743
  • Page: 273
  • Format: Paperback
  • Compton pushes us to look beneath the surface past those comforting tales of nationhood and racial solidarity to the nebulous and ever shifting truth This is a brilliant and original work that should be mandatory reading for any student of race and history Danzy Senna, author of CaucasiaAfter Canaan, the first nonfiction book by acclaimed African Canadian poet Way Compton pushes us to look beneath the surface past those comforting tales of nationhood and racial solidarity to the nebulous and ever shifting truth This is a brilliant and original work that should be mandatory reading for any student of race and history Danzy Senna, author of CaucasiaAfter Canaan, the first nonfiction book by acclaimed African Canadian poet Wayde Compton, repositions the North American discussion of race in the wake of the tumultuous twentieth century Written from the perspective of someone who was born and lives outside of African American culture, it riffs on the concept of Canada as a promised land or Canaan encoded in African American myth and song since the days of slavery These varied essays, steeped in a kind of history rarely written about, explore the language of racial misrecognition also known as passing , the failure of urban renewal, humor as a counterweight to official multiculturalism, the poetics of hip hop turntablism, and the impact of the Obama phenomenon on the way we speak about race itself Compton marks the passing of old modes of antiracism and multiculturalism, and points toward what may or may not be a post racial future, but will without doubt be a brave new world of cultural perception.After Canaan is a brilliant and thoughtful consideration of African North American culture as it attempts to redefine itself in the Obama era.Wayde Compton s previous books include the poetry collections 49th Parallel Psalm and Performance Bond He teaches English in Vancouver, BC.

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    1. Lots of great thinking-points in this one. In case you don't believe me, here's some quotes:“Attacks on Obama’s “authenticity” are, predictably, confused, ludicrous; there is anxiety if he speaks black vernacular, there is anxiety if he does not. Limbaugh’s presupposition is a monoracial norm. But can we not recuperate and claim linguistic drift as the “authentic” experience of one who moves in and out of cultural settings – one whose own family is a Venn diagram of ethnicities? [...]

    2. An excellent and very important collection of essays about the history of the black community in Vancouver. The book opens with an essay on "passive passing" which he terms "pheneticizing" ie "the classification of a person's race or ethnicity based on eyeball examination, rather than the cladistic inquiry that would require knowing the person's actual family background."Why the new term you ask? "Because of the word 'passing' is rooted in deceptionis predisposition to make the 'viewed' responsi [...]

    3. This is an extremely academic book on race, writing, and British Columbia. It mainly deals with Black Communities. I was most intersted in the essay on "passing" (not surprising since "passing" is a factor in my own life) and in Wayde's experiences publishing the work of black British Columbian writer Fred Booker.Disclaimer- I know the author of this book.

    4. I found these essays quite thought provoking and containing interesting historical context. I enjoyed the early essays the best.

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