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Canadian Literature & Poetry
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Black Canadian Literature & Poetry

African Canadian and Caribbean Canadian Literatures & Poetry: Anthologies

Black Writers Matter French, Whitney, editor An anthology of African-Canadian writing, it offers a cross-section of established writers and newcomers to the literary world who tackle contemporary and pressing issues with prose. All contributions are written from the first-person perspectve and include writings by Simone Makeba Dalton, Cason Sharpe, Rowan McCandless, Phillip Dwight Morgan, Fatuma Adar, Whitney French, Christina Brobby, and others.
The Great Black North: Contemporary African-Canadian Poetry Mason-John, Valerie, and Kevan Anthony, editors The collection documents the historic heritage of Black Canadian poets: George Elliott Clarke, Ian Keteku, Lillian Allen, Afua Cooper, Olive Senior, Frederick Ward, Lorna Goodison, Tanya Evanson, Pamela Mordecai, Harold Head, and many others. The poems in the anthology are derived from oral and written sources.
The Black Prairie Archives: An Anthology Vernon, Karina, editor An comprehensive anthology of fiction and nonfiction writings by Black authors from the Prairies, from nineteenthth-century fur traders and pioneers to avant-garde writers of the present day. Includes correspondence, memoirs, excerpts from autobiographies political treatises and writings, photographs, interviews, short stories, poems and other types of writing from Daniel T. Williams, Mildred Jane Lewis Ware, George Washington Slater, Jr. Lawrence Hill, Esi Edugyan, Miranda Martini, and other contributors.
Nine Black Women: An Anthology of Nineteenth-Century Writers from the United States, Canada, Bermuda, and the Caribbean Ferguson, Moira, editor

African Canadian and Caribbean Canadian Literatures & Poetry: History & Interpretation

Odysseys Home: Mapping African-Canadian Literature Clarke, George Elliott Presents a history of the African-Canadian literature and oral cultures, identifies African-Canadian literature’s distinguishing characteristics, argues for its relevance to both African Diasporic Black and Canadian Studies, and critiques several of its key creators and texts. Authors whose work is examined in the book are André Alexis, Dionne Brand, Austin Clarke, Claire Harris, and M. Nourbese Philip.
Directions Home: Approaches to African-Canadian Literature Clarke, George Elliott Building on the discoveries of his critically acclaimed Odysseys Home, 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.
Why We Write: Conversations with African Canadian Poets and Novelists: Interviews Thomas, H. Nigel, editor African Canadian creative writers discuss the complexities of the writing experience. Includes interviews with: Ayanna Black, Austin Clarke, George Elliot Clarke, Wayde Compton, Afua Cooper, Bernadette Dyer, Cecil Foster, Claire Harris, Lawrence Hill, Nalo Hopkinson, Suzette Mayr, Pamela Mordecai, M. NourbeSe Philip, Althea Prince, and Robert Sandiford.
Luminous Ink: Writers on Writing in Canada McWatt, Tessa, et al., editors A collection of original pieces by some of Canada’s best known writers. The essays ask, and attempt to answer, what it means to be a writer in Canada, what the literature of today can tell us about Canada’s social arrangements, its political and aesthetic shapes, and its preoccupations. Contributors include Margaret Atwood, George Elliott Clarke, Camilla Gibb, Rawi Hage, Lawrence Hill, Greg Hollingshead, Lee Maracle, Lisa Moore, Michael Ondaatje, Marie-Helaine Poitras, Pascale Quiviger, Nino Ricci, Eden Robinson, Madeleine Thien, Judith Thompson, M.G. Vassanji, Rita Wong, and others.
“Canada in Black Transnational Studies: Austin Clarke, Affective Affiliations, and the Cross-Border Poetics of Caribbean Canadian Writing” Bucknor, Michael A. This chapter in Beyond Understanding Canada: Transnational Perspectives on Canadian Literature, examines Caribbean-Canadian writing within the larger context of “black transational space.”
Beyond the Canebrakes: Caribbean Women Writers in Canada Williams, Emily A. Essays and interviews that examine the work of West-Indian women writers living in Canada. The essays examine the work of literary artists Claire Harris, Olive Senior, Lillian Allen, Afua Cooper, Dionne Brand, M. Nourbese Philip, Nalo Hopkinson, Pamela Mordecai, and Makeda Silvera as an integral not marginal element of the Canadian and world literature canons.
Settling Down and Settling Up: The Second Generation in Black Canadian and Black British Women’s Writing Medovarski, Andrea Katherine Comparing second generation children of immigrants in Black Canadian and Black British women’s writing, the book extends discourses of diaspora and postcolonialism by expanding recent theory on movement and border crossing. Considering migration and settlement as complex, interrelated processes that inform each other across multiple generations and geographies, Medovarski challenges the gendered constructions of nationhood and diaspora with a particular focus on Canadian and British black women writers, including Dionne Brand, Esi Edugyan, and Zadie Smith.

African Canadian and Caribbean Canadian Literatures & Poetry: Bibliographies

Caribbean and South-Asian Writers in Canada: A Bibliography of Their Works and of English-Language Criticism Kandiuk, Mary Brief biographies, chronological list of fiction books, parts of books, periodical articles, book reviews, and dissertations that critique the work of selected writers from the Caribbean or South Asia and have resided in Canada for at least part of their writing careers. The authors included in the bibliography are André Alexis, Austin C. Clarke, M.G. Vassanji and many others.
A Black Canadian Bibliography Francis, Flora Blizzard A bibliography of works by and about the diverse peoples of African descent living in Canada. It includes references to creative literary works.
Literary Writings by [Black People] in Canada: A Preliminary Survey Elliot, Lorris and Michael S. Batts, editor The profiles in this pamphlet were compiled between 1979– 1986 so it does not reflect the current scholarship. Gives a brief biography of each author followed by a list of publications.
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reviewed & updated 20 May 2021 | compiled by Agatha Barc, MI