Rinaldo Walcott's Black Like Who?: Writing Black Canada PDF

By Rinaldo Walcott

ISBN-10: 1894663403

ISBN-13: 9781894663403

Rinaldo Walcott's groundbreaking examine of black tradition in Canada, this ebook brought on such an uproar upon its ebook in 1997 that Insomniac Press has made up our minds to submit a moment revised variation of this perennial best-seller. With its incisive readings of hip-hop, movie, literature, social unrest, activities, tune and the digital media, Walcott's booklet not just assesses the position of black Canadians in defining Canada, it additionally argues strenuously opposed to any thought of an essentialist Canadian blackness. As erudite at the factor of yank super-critic Henry Louis Gates' blindness to black Canadian realities as he's at the rap of the Dream Warriors and Maestro clean Wes, Walcott's essays are thought-provoking and regularly arguable within the most sensible experience of the observe. they've got further and proceed so as to add immeasurably to public debate.

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I am by no means suggesting that one's move to an elsewhere can only be made successful by jettisoning the past. Memory often will not allow that anyway. What I am trying to suggest is that "immigrant writing," and in this case "Caribbean (black) immigrant writing," is often shrouded in a nostalgic longing for a past that is neglectful of the politics of the present location. Interestingly, one might read Claire Harris's poetic collections, particularly her recent Dipped in Shadows, as another step in the (re)ordering of black writers' concerns with the cultural politics of home—that is, Canada.

Bathurst, St. Clair Avenue, Vaughan Road, Christie, Bloor, Harbord, College Street, Oakwood, Danforth, Regent Park, Avenue Road, Yorkville, Yonge Street—these names exist alongside names of places and spaces in the Caribbean. The Gladstone Hotel, Van Dong Restaurant, Canadian National, factories, rooming houses, barber shops, parks and dance halls (The Paramount) are signifiers which locate place; are names that refigure and claim, and make one's presence felt. Through Verlia's and Elizete's eyes, voices and experiences we get a new cultural, political and economic map of Canada.

I am by no means suggesting that one's move to an elsewhere can only be made successful by jettisoning the past. Memory often will not allow that anyway. What I am trying to suggest is that "immigrant writing," and in this case "Caribbean (black) immigrant writing," is often shrouded in a nostalgic longing for a past that is neglectful of the politics of the present location. Interestingly, one might read Claire Harris's poetic collections, particularly her recent Dipped in Shadows, as another step in the (re)ordering of black writers' concerns with the cultural politics of home—that is, Canada.

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