Department of English

University of Toronto

ENG359H1S L5101

ENG359H1S L5101  T6-9
African Canadian Literature
Instructor: Prof. G. E. Clarke
Office Location: Jackman Humanities Building, Room 804
Email: torontopoetlaureate@gmail.com  


Brief Description of Course: This course reads a representative sample of texts by African-Canadian writers to note the various registers and conceptions of black identity dependent on origins, Canadian region, and ethnic affiliations.

African-Canadian literature writes a multiculturalism that contests official, state Multiculturalism, but its version of Pan-Africanism is also, arguably, eccentric. It is possible to read African-Canadian literature as either 1) not being "black" (whatever that is) enough or 2) being too concerned with "race" (whatever that is). In the end, it's a literature that tells us a lot about the dilemmas of being differently Canadian and gives us, arguably, the best narratives for understanding urban, contemporary, immigrant, multicultural Canada. Readings: D. Brand, A. Clarke, W. Compton, M.N. Philip, D. Sears, etc., including poetry, plays, and fiction.


Required Reading: TBA.

First Three Authors/Texts:  TBA.

Method of Evaluation: TBA.

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