Confluences 2


The essays in this volume continue the examination, begun in Confluences 1, of the exciting new writing that has emerged in Canada in the past few decades. Employing a variety of approaches and addressing the many concerns engaging their author-subjects–memory, history, and concentric identities; the subordination of Indian women; the exploitation of Afro-Caribbean immigrants; the “nowarianism” of Indo-Caribbean Canadians; the legacy of Japanese internment during World War II; historical Black experience and meaningful aesthetics; Chinatown as geography, repository, and inspiration–this new body of writing collectively redefines and challenges the idea of Canadian Literature.

Included in this volume are:

  • “‘This dock is my dock’: Dionne Brand’s Room of Light” —Franca Bernabei
  • “Between (Hi)Story and Space: Wayson Choy’s Postmodern Chinatown” –Jason Wang
  • “Landscape and Diasporic Citizenship(s) in Ramabai Espinet’s The Swinging Bridge and Nuclear Seasons” —Dannabang Kuwabong
  • “Cecil Foster’s Sleep on, Beloved: Reflections on Afro-Caribbean Immigrant Existence in Toronto” –H Nigel Thomas
  • “Dismantled Domestics, Loneliness, and Creative Coping in Rabindranath Maharaj’s The Amazing Absorbing Boy” —Shoilee Khan
  • “‘The Multinational’s Song’: M G Vassanji’s Work in Canadian Context” –Laura Moss
  • “A Long Journey to Mercy: Joy Kogawa’s Gently to Nagasaki” —Irene Sywenky
  • “Gendered Violence and Feminist Interventions in Shauna Singh Baldwin’s The Selector of Souls” —Asma Sayed


Publication Date: November 2017

Paperback ISBN: 978-1-988449-18-0
Page size: 5.75″ x 8.75″
128 pages

eBook ISBN: 978-1-988449-19-7

Nurjehan Aziz is the editor of Her Mother’s Ashes: Stories by South Asian Women in Canada and the United StatesThe Relevance of Islamic Identity in Canada, and more recently Confluences 1 and Confluences 2. She is the publisher at Mawenzi House. In 2024, she was appointed to the Order of Canada.

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