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Odysseys Home

(2002)
Mapping African-canadian Literature
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Odysseys Home: Mapping African-Canadian Literature is a pioneering study of African-Canadian literary creativity, laying the groundwork for future scholarly work in the field. Based on extensive excavations of archives and texts, this challenging passage through twelve essays presents a history of the literature and examines its debt to, and synthesis with, oral cultures. George Elliott Clarke identifies African-Canadian literature's distinguishing characteristics, argues for its relevance to both African Diasporic Black and Canadian Studies, and critiques several of its key creators and texts.

Scholarly and sophisticated, the survey cites and interprets the works of several major African-Canadian writers, including AndrT Alexis, Dionne Brand, Austin Clarke, Claire Harris, and M. Nourbese Philip. In so doing, Clarke demonstrates that African-Canadian writers and critics explore the tensions that exist between notions of universalism and black nationalism, liberalism and conservatism. These tensions are revealed in the literature in what Clarke argues to be - paradoxically - uniquely Canadian and proudly apart from a mainstream national identity.

Clarke has unearthed vital but previously unconsidered authors, and charted the relationship between African-Canadian literature and that of Africa, African America, and the Caribbean. In addition to the essays, Clarke has assembled a seminal and expansive bibliography of texts - literature and criticism - from both English and French Canada. This important resource will inevitably challenge and change future academic consideration of African-Canadian literature and its place in the international literary map of the African Diaspora.

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Hardback Editions

October 2002 : USA Hardback
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Title: Odysseys Home: Mapping African-Canadian Literature (Heritage)
Author(s): George Elliott Clarke
ISBN: 0-8020-4376-3 / 978-0-8020-4376-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
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Paperback Editions

May 2017 : Canada Paperback
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Title: Odysseys Home: Mapping African-Canadian Literature
Author(s): George Elliott Clarke
ISBN: 1-4875-1661-4 / 978-1-4875-1661-1 (Canada edition)
Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


September 2002 : USA Paperback
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Title: Odysseys Home: Mapping African-Canadian Literature (Heritage)
Author(s): George Elliott Clarke
ISBN: 0-8020-8191-6 / 978-0-8020-8191-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

May 2017 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Odysseys Home: Mapping African-Canadian Literature (The Canada 150 Collection)
Author(s): George Elliott Clarke
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


February 2015 : Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Odysseys Home: Mapping African-Canadian Literature (Heritage)
Author(s): George Elliott Clarke
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   



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