The Past is Present: The African-Canadian Experience in Lawrence Hill's Fiction by Christian KrampeThe Past is Present: The African-Canadian Experience in Lawrence Hill's Fiction by Christian Krampe

The Past is Present: The African-Canadian Experience in Lawrence Hill's Fiction

byChristian Krampe

Hardcover | October 18, 2012

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The Black tile in Canada’s mosaic has long been neglected – in historiography, literary criticism and public discourse. African-Canadian literature sets out to correct this absence. This study provides an in-depth look into the fiction of one of African-Canadian literature’s foremost writers, Lawrence Hill. His novels provide a counter-memory, an antidote to the forgetfulness and neglect which often characterize Canada’s attitude towards its Black minority both past and present. Dominant collective memory versions are thus corrected to reflect a more faithful Canadian mosaic. Whether it is the enslavement of Blacks in Canada, de facto segregation or racial profiling – Hill narrates histories which have rarely been told before. This book is the first to provide a comprehensive analysis of Hill’s historical fictions.
Christian J. Krampe taught North American literature and culture at the University of Trier (Germany). He now teaches English and Social Sciences at a high school in Westphalia. His publications include articles on Canadian and US literature as well as teaching English as a foreign language.
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Title:The Past is Present: The African-Canadian Experience in Lawrence Hill's FictionFormat:HardcoverDimensions:8.27 × 5.83 × 0.98 inPublished:October 18, 2012Publisher:Peter Lang GmbH, Internationaler Verlag der WissenschaftenLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:3631625561

ISBN - 13:9783631625569

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Contents: Collective memory – Maurice Halbwachs – Blacks in Canada – Black Loyalists – African-Canadian literature – Lawrence Hill’s historical fiction – Faction vs. Historiographic Metafiction vs. Documentary Novel – The Slave Narrative – «The Book of Negroes» – «Any Known Blood» – «Some Great Thing» – Interview Lawrence Hill – Interview George Elliott Clarke.