New PDF release: After Canaan: Essays on Race, Writing, and Region

By Wayde Compton

"Compton pushes us to appear underneath the surface—past these comforting stories of nationhood and racial solidarity—to the extra nebulous and ever-shifting fact. it is a amazing and unique paintings that are meant to be crucial examining for any scholar of race and history."—Danzy Senna, writer of Caucasia

After Canaan, the 1st nonfiction booklet by means of acclaimed African Canadian poet Wayde Compton, repositions the North American dialogue of race within the wake of the tumultuous 20th century. Written from the point of view of somebody who used to be born and lives open air of African American tradition, it riffs at the proposal of Canada as a promised land (or "Canaan") encoded in African American fantasy and music because the days of slavery. those diverse essays, steeped in one of those historical past hardly written approximately, discover the language of racial misrecognition (also referred to as "passing"), the failure of city renewal, humor as a counterweight to "official" multiculturalism, the poetics of hip hop turntablism, and the impression of the Obama phenomenon at the method we discuss race itself. Compton marks the passing of outdated modes of antiracism and multiculturalism, and issues towards what could or is probably not a "post-racial" destiny, yet will absolutely be a courageous new international of cultural perception.

After Canaan is a superb and considerate attention of African (North) American tradition because it makes an attempt to redefine itself within the Obama era.

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