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This groundbreaking collection of profiles, interviews, essays and reviews on such well-known black writers and artists as Nalo Hopkinson, Dionne Brand, Austin Clarke, Lawrence Hill and Edwidge Danticat constitutes a frank conversation on the significance of race in contemporary Black Canadian and American literature. What's a Black Critic to Do? is for anyone looking for a way to talk about the sometimes-taboo topic of race, as it appears in novels, movies and plays. Of interest to Black readers as well as ...
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Overview

This groundbreaking collection of profiles, interviews, essays and reviews on such well-known black writers and artists as Nalo Hopkinson, Dionne Brand, Austin Clarke, Lawrence Hill and Edwidge Danticat constitutes a frank conversation on the significance of race in contemporary Black Canadian and American literature. What's a Black Critic to Do? is for anyone looking for a way to talk about the sometimes-taboo topic of race, as it appears in novels, movies and plays. Of interest to Black readers as well as teachers, librarians and book club members, this book is a vital snapshot of contemporary North American culture.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781894663526
  • Publisher: Insomniac Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2000
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Meet the Author

Donna Bailey Nurse is a literary journalist who specializes in the work of black Canadian writers and artists. Her articles exploring race, books, and culture have appeared in national publications including the Globe and Mail, the National Post, the Toronto Star and the Ottawa Citizen. She is a contributor to the Literary Review of Canada, and is an occasional interviewer and critic for the Toronto Public Library, CBC Radio and CBC.CA. Donna is the editor of Revival: An Anthology of Black Canadian Writing and teaches Art Journalism at George Brown College in Toronto.
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Table of Contents

Preface 13
By Way of Introduction 15
After the Giller 23
Roots Canadian Style 29
Two Solitudes 32
Figure in a Landscape 34
An Optimistic Planet 37
In the Garden 40
Black Man's Burden 52
The Homecoming 54
I Remember Papa 57
The Music Man 60
The Life of Portia White 63
Lady Sings the Blues 66
Poetic Justic 69
Phantom Hearts 73
Digging Up a Hidden Past 81
The Importance of Being Different 84
Just Your Average Black Canadian Guy (Whatever That Is) 87
The We of Blackness 91
A Quality of Light 93
Consecrated Ground 96
Race, Film and History 98
Toni Morrison: War and Peace 103
Cecil Foster: A Long Sojourn 112
Lawrence Hill: In Black and White 118
David Odhiambo: African Perspectives 129
Austin Clarke: The Polished Hoe 134
Nalo Hopkinson: Fantasy Island Girl 139
Andre Alexis, Nalo Hopkinson and Djanet Sears: Black Writers on Being Edited, Published and Reviewed in Canada 146
Neil Bissoondath: The Worlds Within Her 153
Neil Bissoondath: Doing the Heart Good 156
Dionne Brand: In Another Place Not Here 158
Dionne Brand: At The Full and Change of the Moon 160
George Elliott Clarke, Eyeing the North Star: Directions in African Canadian Literature 162
Hannah Crafts, The Bondwoman's Narrative 164
Michael Cunningham and Craig Marberry, Crowns: Portraits of Black Women in Church Hats 167
Christopher Paul Curtis, Bud, Not Buddy 169
Cecil Foster, Slammin' Tar 171
Lawrence Hill, Any Known Blood 173
Nalo Hopkinson, Brown Girl in the Ring 175
Lori Lansens, Rush Home Road 177
Rabindranath Maharaj, The Book of Ifs and Buts 180
Elaine Kalman Naves, Putting Down Roots;: Montreal's Immigrant Writers 182
David Odhiambo, Kipligat's Chance 186
M. Nourbese Philip, Frontiers: Essays and Writings on Racism and Culture 189
Mairuth Sarsfield, No Crystal Stair 191
Sybil Seaforth, In Silence the Strands Unravel 193
R. Bruce Shepard, Deemed Unsuitable 195
Makeda Silvera, The Heart Does Not Bend 197
H. Nigel Thomas, Behind the Face of Winter 200
Alice Walker, The Way Forward Is With a Broken Heart 202
Coda: Pig Tails 'n Breadfruit 207
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2003

    an excellent book

    This book is a fantastic collection of interviews,profiles and reviews of black writers and I think that everybody should have the chance to read this book.I was amazed at how good the book was.

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