Feb 21, 2021
In which, in honour of Black History Month, we discuss the early
development of African-Canadian literature by covering newspapers,
religious narratives, literary networks, and slave narratives from
1785 to 1855. Topics include the Underground Railroad, Loyalists,
and myth-making in Canada. It's a big, but great
Further Reading & Sources:
- Bynum, Tara. "A Silent Book, Some Kisses, and John Marrant’s
Narrative," Criticism, vol. 57, no. 1, 2015, pp. 71–90.
- Clarke, George Elliott. Odysseys Home: Mapping
African-Canadian Literature, University of Toronto Press,
- Clarke, George Elliott. "This is no hearsay: Reading the
Canadian Slave Narratives", Papers of The Bibliographical
Society of Canada, Vol. 43, no. 1, Jan. 2005.
- Drew, Benjamin. The Refugee: Narratives of Fugitive Slaves
in Canada, 1856.
- Ferré-Rode, Sandrine. "A Black Voice from the “other North:”
Thomas Smallwood's Canadian Narrative (1851)", Revue française
d’études américaines, vol. 137, no. 3, 2013, pp. 23-37.
- Marrant, John. A Narrative of the Lord's Wonderful Dealings
with John Marrant, A Black, 1785.
- Mensah, Joseph. Black Canadians: History, Experiences,
Social Conditions, Fernwood Publishing, 2002.
- Smallwood, Thomas. A Narrative…, 1851 (pp. 13-63)
- Siemerling, Winfried. The Black Atlantic Reconsidered:
Black Canadian Writing, Cultural History, and the Presence of the
Past, McGill-Queen's University Press, 2015.
- Winks, Robin. The Blacks in Canada: A History,
McGill-Queen's University Press, 1997.
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