Handbook to Black Canadian Literature


Project Summary:

The Handbook to Black Canadian Literature, co-edited with Leslie Sanders, is a comprehensive introduction to Black Canadian literatures consisting of 40 original essays of approximately 8,000 words each organized in five sections: (1) Historical Frame, (2) Region, (3) Genre, (4) Major Writers of Influence, and (5) New Directions. The handbook is under contract with New York: Routledge, expected publication 2022.

Project Description:

The Handbook to Black Canadian Literature offers a comprehensive overview of the growing and increasingly significant field of Black Canadian literary studies. Including both historical and contemporary analysis, the volume is an essential text that maps the field over the 200 years of its existence from slave narratives and anti-slavery journalism to dub and sound experiments. It presents Black Canadian literature as encompassing a diverse set of viewpoints, approaches and practices, as touching every aspect of Canadian territory and life, and as deeply influencing debates and understandings of Black peoples far beyond its borders. The handbook employs an interdisciplinary framework that incorporates literary, historical, geographical and cultural analysis and is organized into five sections that chart the literature’s development across Canada, its relationship to the country’s diverse Black communities and their diasporas, and its narration of both specifically Canadian, as well as global concerns. Sections include (1) Historical Frame; (2) Region; (3) Genre; (4) Major Writers of Influence; and (5) New Directions. Contributors are drawn from among the most prominent theorists in the field, as well as from a cohort of emergent scholars and artists. The volume’s range of subject and plurality of perspectives provide an excellent resource for teachers, researchers, and students from multiple disciplines, including Canadian studies and literature, Caribbean studies, global Black studies, hemispheric studies, diaspora studies, history, and cultural studies.

Project Type:
Self-Funded

Project Role:
Edited Volume for research and teaching

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Canada

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Start Date:
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2020
End Date:
Sep
2022

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Year Project Started:
2020

Collaborator:
Leslie Sanders

Collaborator Institution:
York University

Collaborator Role:
Co-editor

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