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Beatrice Chancy

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The legend of Beatrice Cenci has intrigued writers such as Antonin Artaud, Stendhal, Mary Shelley, Alexandre Dumas, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Robert Browning, and Kathy Acker. In Beatrice Chancy, a verse play set in Nova Scotia in 1819, Clarke boldly reimagines Beatrice as the daughter of a white master and a black slave.
Paperback, 160 pages
Published October 8th 2002 by Raincoast Books, Polestar (first published February 1st 2001)
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Recommends it for: Those studying black slavery in Canada or Hamlet for that matter
How I Came To Read This Book: My Can Lit university course was divided into Prairie (yawn) and Maritime literature – this play fell into the latter.

The Plot: Beatrice is the daughter of a brutal slave master and his black slave in 19th Century Nova Scotia. Admired by many and considered a great beauty, her father / master rapes her, and Beatrice and her mother conspire to murder said father/master. Pretty simple right?

The Good & The Bad: This play contains some of the most lovely sections
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A seventh-generation Nova Scotian, George Elliott Clarke was born in 1960 in Windsor Plans, Nova Scotia. He is known as a poet, as well as for his two-volume anthology of Black Writing from Nova Scotia, Fire in the Water. Volume One contains spirituals, poety sermons, and accounts from 1789 to the mid-twentieth century; Volume Two collects the work of the Black Cultural Renaissance in Nova Scotia, ...more
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