“The Quiltings of Human Flesh”—Constructions of Racial Hybridity in Contemporary African-Canadian Literature

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“The Quiltings of Human Flesh”—Constructions of Racial Hybridity in Contemporary African-Canadian Literature

University of Greifswald, Greifswald, Germany
2010-05-02
366 pages

Heike Bast

Dissertation to obtain the academic degree of Doctor of Philosophy, Division of the Humanities, University of Greifswald

TABLE OF CONTENTS

  • ‘RACE’ MATTERS’: A PERSONAL NOTE ON BELONGING
  • 1. INTRODUCTION: ‘SOLE OR WHOLE’ – QUILTING THE RACIALIZED SUBJECT
  • 2. SIGNIFYING THE IN-BETWEEN: ‘RACE’, ‘RACIAL HYBRIDITY’ AND QUESTIONS OF BELONGING
    • 2.1. The Language of ‘Race’ – Notes on Terminology
    • 2.2. Identities in Flux: Discourses on ‘Race’ and Subjectivity
      • 2.2.1 ‘Race Theory’ – a Brief Historical Review
      • 2.2.2. “Identities Without Guarantees” and the Critique of Sameness: Contemporary Race Theory
    • 2.3. Uncertain Crossings: Racial Hybridity and Post-Colonial Belonging
  • 3. APPROACHING AFRICAN-CANADIAN BORDERLANDS
    • 3.1. The African-Canadian Experience: Unearthing the History of Miscegenation in Canada
    • 3.2. Canadian Multiculturalism and Cultural Violence: Mixed-Race Identities and the Intricacies of Belonging
    • 3.3. Living and Writing the In-Between: Tracing a Black Literary Tradition in Canada
    • 3.4. From ‘Tragic Mulatto’ to ‘Zebra Poetics’? – Racial Hybridity in African-Canadian literature
  • 4. EXPLORING AFRICAN-CANADIAN BORDERLANDS
    • 4.1. Borderlands Poetics in the Writings of Suzette Mayr
      • 4.1.1. Suzette Mayr’s Zebra Talk (1991)
      • 4.1.2. Metamorphoses and the Racialized Body: Suzette Mayr’s Moon Honey (1995)
      • 4.1.3. Canadian Hodgepodge in Suzette Mayr’s The Widows (1998)
    • 4.2. ‘Reverse Doublestuff’, or from Halfness to Wholeness: The Poetry of Mercedes Baines
    • 4.3. Polyvalent Blackness in African-Canadian Drama: Difference and Healing in Maxine Bailey’s and Sharon Lewis’s Sistahs (1994)
    • 4.4. ‘An Exile in the Land of My Birth’: Racial Mixture and National Belonging in the Autobiographical Writings of Camille Hernandez-Ramdwar
    • 4.5. Anti-Mulatto Rhetoric in Haitian and Haitian-Canadian History, Literature, and Culture
      • 4.5.1. Unmasking the Carnival: Max Dorsinville’s Erzulie Loves Shango (1998)
      • 4.5.2. Torment, Memory and Desire: GĂ©rard Étienne’s La Pacotille (1991)
    • 4.6. ‘In Pursuit of Wholeness’: ‘Race’, Class and Black Masculinity in Kim Barry Brunhuber’s Kameleon Man (2003)
  • 5. ‘FROM SOLE TO WHOLE’ – AFRICAN-CANADIAN MIXED-RACE POETICS
  • 6. BIBLIOGRAPHY
  • APPENDIX I: BIO-BIBLIOGRAPHICAL NOTES ON AUTHORS
  • APPENDIX II: INTERVIEW WITH SUZETTE MAYR (JULY 25TH, 2009)
  • Danksagung

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