By Wayde Compton
"Compton pushes us to seem underneath the surface—past these comforting stories of nationhood and racial solidarity—to the extra nebulous and ever-shifting fact. it is a impressive and unique paintings that are meant to be crucial interpreting for any scholar of race and history."—Danzy Senna, writer of Caucasia
After Canaan, the 1st nonfiction booklet via 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 outdoors of African American tradition, it riffs at the idea of Canada as a promised land (or "Canaan") encoded in African American delusion and track because the days of slavery. those diversified essays, steeped in a type of heritage not often written approximately, discover the language of racial misrecognition (also often called "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 means we discuss race itself. Compton marks the passing of previous modes of antiracism and multiculturalism, and issues towards what may perhaps or will not be a "post-racial" destiny, yet will absolutely be a courageous new global 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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After Canaan: Essays on Race, Writing, and Region by Wayde Compton