After Canaan

After Canaan

Essays on Race, Writing, and Region

Book - 2010
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Finalist, City of Vancouver Book Award

After Canaan , the first nonfiction book by acclaimed Vancouver poet Wayde Compton, repositions the North American discussion of race in the wake of the tumultuoustwentieth century. 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 (a.k.a. "passing"), the subjectivity of black writersin the unblack Pacific northwest, the failure of urban renewal, black and Asian comedy 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.

Written with the same poetic perceptiveness ascultural theorists Rinaldo Walcott and Dionne Brand, After Canaan is a brilliant and thoughtful collection of essays that ought to be required reading for all.

Publisher: Vancouver : Arsenal Pulp Press, c2010
ISBN: 9781551523743
1551523744
Branch Call Number: c828 C73a
Characteristics: 239 p. : ill., ports. ; 21 cm

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A thoughtful collection of essays by acclaimed Vancouver poet Wayde Compton touching on topics such as “passing”, the failure of urban renewal, black comedy as a counterweight to multiculturalism and the impact of Obama on the way people speak about race.

The first nonfiction book by Vancouver poet Wayde Compton turns a critical eye on the notion of Canada as a promised land as well as delving into race, racism and multiculturalism. Wayde Compton was VPL's 2011 Writer in Residence.

The first nonfiction book by Vancouver poet Wayde Compton turns a critical eye on the notion of Canada as a promised land as well as delving into race, racism and multiculturalism. Wayde Compton was VPL's 2011 Writer in Residence.

The first nonfiction book by Vancouver poet Wayde Compton turns a critical eye on the notion of Canada as a promised land as well as delving into race, racism and multiculturalism.

A thoughtful collection of essays by acclaimed Vancouver poet Wayde Compton touching on topics such as “passing”, the failure of urban renewal, black comedy as a counterweight to multiculturalism and the impact of Obama on the way people speak about race.


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