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After Canaan: Essays on Race, Writing, and Region

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"Compton pushes us to look beneath the surface—past those comforting tales of nationhood and racial solidarity—to the more nebulous and ever-shifting truth. This is a brilliant and original work that should be mandatory reading for any student of race and history."—Danzy Senna, author of Caucasia

After Canaan, the first nonfiction book by acclaimed African Canadian poet Way
Paperback, 176 pages
Published May 10th 2011 by Arsenal Pulp Press (first published October 1st 2010)
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An excellent and very important collection of essays about the history of the black community in Vancouver.

The book opens with an essay on "passive passing" which he terms "pheneticizing" ie "the classification of a person's race or ethnicity based on eyeball examination, rather than the cladistic inquiry that would require knowing the person's actual family background."

Why the new term you ask? "Because of the word 'passing' is rooted in deception...this predisposition to make the 'viewed' res
Sep 13, 2011 Alexis rated it 3 of 5 stars
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This is an extremely academic book on race, writing, and British Columbia. It mainly deals with Black Communities. I was most intersted in the essay on "passing" (not surprising since "passing" is a factor in my own life) and in Wayde's experiences publishing the work of black British Columbian writer Fred Booker.

Disclaimer- I know the author of this book.
Steve Goodyear
I found these essays quite thought provoking and containing interesting historical context. I enjoyed the early essays the best.
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Wayde Compton writes poetry, fiction, and non-fiction. He wrote 49th Parallel Psalm, which was nominated for the Dorothy Livesay Prize, Performance Bond, and After Canaan: Essays on Race, Writing, and Region, which was a finalist for the City of Vancouver Book Award. His most recent book is The Outer Harbour: Stories. In addition to writing, Compton co-founded the Hogan’s Alley Memorial Project in ...more
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