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 impressive and unique paintings that are meant to be necessary interpreting for any pupil of race and history."—Danzy Senna, writer of Caucasia
After Canaan, the 1st nonfiction booklet by way 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 was once born and lives outdoors of African American tradition, it riffs at the thought of Canada as a promised land (or "Canaan") encoded in African American delusion and music because the days of slavery. those assorted essays, steeped in one of those historical past not often 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 influence of the Obama phenomenon at the manner we discuss race itself. Compton marks the passing of outdated modes of antiracism and multiculturalism, and issues towards what could or will not be a "post-racial" destiny, yet will absolutely be a courageous new global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