A Black British Canon? examines the formation of a black British canon of writers, dramatists, artists, musicians and filmmakers and the institutional histories of that making and unmaking. It offers a multidisciplinary and genealogical account of black British art, popular music, literature, and performance, and the emergence of key writers, intellectuals, artists and texts in the field. It not only account for strategic moments and movements in such a black British textual and political history, but also debates the politics of such commemorative acts. As such, the distinctiveness of this collection of essays lies in its engagement with the politics and poetics of canon formation across different artistic fields and its multicultural pedagogic implications. Both researchers in the field and a more general readership will be able to engage with the controversies surrounding the definition of black British.

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