Early Works
Wilfrid Laurier University Press
  • erschienen am 1. Oktober 2011
  • Buch
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  • Softcover
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  • 180 Seiten
978-1-55458-374-4 (ISBN)
Explores and chronicles how history shapes human existence, in particular the lives of those ruptured and scattered by New World slaveries and modern crises. This title charts a collective as well as a personal journey, delving into the burdens of history and the fugitive, contingent, dynamic, and mutable geographies of the African diaspora.
  • Englisch
  • Waterloo, Ontario
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  • Kanada
  • Höhe: 227 mm
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  • Breite: 154 mm
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  • Dicke: 11 mm
  • 268 gr
978-1-55458-374-4 (9781554583744)
1554583748 (1554583748)
Dionne Brand is internationally known for her poetry, fiction, and essays. She has received many awards, notably the Governor General's Award for Poetry, the Trillium Award (Land to Light On), 1997), the Pat Lowther Award (thirsty, 2005), the City of Toronto Book Award (What We All Long For, 2006), and the Harbourfront Festival Award (2006), given in recognition of her substantial contribution to literature. She is a professor in the School of English and Theatre Studies at the University of Guelph.
Table of Contents for Chronicles: Early Works by Dionne Brand Foreword Leslie Sanders A Note on the Text Primitive Offensive (1983) Winter Epigrams and Epigrams to Ernesto Cardenal in Defense of Claudia (1983) Chronicles of the Hostile Sun (1984)
``The cantos, epigrams and chronicles from the early works of Dionne Brand compiled in the selected Chronicles--poems that are fresh and raw, furious and compassionate, fierce and tender, uniformly accomplished--speak with a voice that is as sure as it is inevitable, as confident as it is individual, as vulnerable as it is strong.'' -- Patricia Keeney -- ARC Poetry Magazine, Winter 2013, 201305 ``In this welcome republication of Brand's early poetry collections, readers will find themselves drawn into one of the more powerful imaginations of our times. Here is the violently wrenching sadness, the weight of history and loss, and in the face of such pain, the refusal to compromise for which she remains best known. But there is also a sometimes playful and self-deprecating humour along with the more biting commentary that carries an edge. Brand believes in the difference words can make, even when lamenting their inadequacy, and she makes us believe too.'' -- Diana Brydon, Canada Research Chair in Globalization and Cultural Studies,University of Manitoba -- 201109 ``Chronicles turns to three volumes dating back to the early 1980s. Yet one can nonetheless identify in them the unmistakable voice and concerns of Toronto's best-loved black poet for, as Sanders [in the preface] knowledgeably argues, Brand's work 'explores and chronicles how history shapes human existence, in particular the lives of those ruptured and scattered by New World slaveries and modern crises.' Even though they do not constitute, strictly speaking, her earliest published poetry, they stand out as a period of experimentation with form, in which Brand tested out the classic epigram by way of Ernesto Cardenal and the lengthier, Neruda-inflexed canto.'' -- Pilar Cuder-Dominguez -- Canadian Literature, 216, Spring 2013, 201311 ``In these early works of Dionne Brand we hear the foundation of a poet's tone, her rhythm and her ethics. These poems announce a voice, stake a claim, and dare to utter the politics of their times while imagining a different future. These early works speak to a poet's journey across regions, across climates, across politics, across influences, across temperament, across histories, across desires, and through the ethical attunement of living in the present. In these poems Dionne Brand's words bring readers into the sharp harmonies of life's disappointments and potentials, as her words paint a world we at once recognize and must struggle to change.'' -- Rinaldo Walcott, Canada Research Chair of Social Justice and Cultural Studies,OISE/University of Toronto -- 201109

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