Department of English

University of Toronto

ENG356Y1Y

ENG356Y1Y  L5101   T6-9
African Canadian Literature
Professor George E. Clarke

Brief Description of Course: We will read a selection of early and contemporary African-Canadian Literature, noting the authorial tendency to witness and/or testify against social ills (slavery, racism, xenophobia, sexism, homophobia, etc.), but also to articulate survival(ist) and even utopian ethics. We will discover the “other” side of Canadian history and its relations to African Diasporic history, and we will find ourselves attending to different forms of English, subversive and/or liberatory politics, plus the “inner” multiculturalism of Black/black communities. The course will demand reading all the genres--poem, play, prose, fiction and non-fiction. Look out! ’Tis transformative! We’ll also screen a few films.

Required Reading: G.E. Clarke, ed., Locating Home; A. Clarke, Choosing His Coffin; Jones/Walker, The Autobiography of Rocky Jones: Revolutionary; Mordecai, de Book of Mary; Boyd, Consecrated Ground; Sears, Harlem Duet; Laferriere, How to Make Love to a Negro without Getting Tired; Brand, No Language Is Neutral; Atkinson/Fiorito, The Life Times and Hard Crimes of Ricky Atkinson; NoubeSe Philip, Zong!; Mezlekia, Notes from the Hyena’s Belly; Edugyan, Half-Blood Blues; Alexis, Fifteen Dogs; Mayr, Monoceros; Reid-Benta, Frying Plantain; Compton, 49th Parallel Psalm.

First Three Authors: G.E. Clarke, ed., Locating Home; A. Clarke, Choosing His Coffin; Jones/Walker, The Autobiography of Rocky Jones: Revolutionary.

Method of Instruction: Lecture/Discussion.

Method of Evaluation: 4 8-page essays (20% each), participation (20%).

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