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Publisher — Canadian Literature Centre / Centre de littérature canadienne
Date Published — January 08, 2020
ISBN — 9781772125085

An Autobiography of the Autobiography of Reading

Dionne Brand

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Publisher — Canadian Literature Centre / Centre de littérature canadienne
Date Published — January 08, 2020
ISBN — 9781772125085
The geopolitics of empire had already prepared me for this…coloniality constructs outsides and insides—worlds to be chosen, disturbed, interpreted, and navigated—in order to live something like a real self. Internationally acclaimed poet and novelist Dionne Brand reflects on her early reading of colonial literature and how it makes Black being inanimate. She explores her encounters with colonial, imperialist, and racist tropes; the ways that practices of reading and writing are shaped by those narrative structures; and the challenges of writing a narrative of Black life that attends to its own expression and its own consciousness.