0407_city_montreal3This #BlackLivesMTL syllabus was inspired by the Black Writing Matters essay I wrote for the Montreal Review of Books, and by all the bad-ass Black mamas, activists and writers that we have in this place!

DISCLAIMER! I haven’t read all of these titles – this is NOT intended to  to be 100% comprehensive, but a list of  suggested readings I’ve compiled to help folks who’d like to learn more about Black Montréal. Also: as it is lacking French-language fiction, feel free to write me with any suggested additions, and I’ll try to compile them and add them to the syllabus.

Special thanks to my editor Sara Spike and Oliver Fugler for help formatting, and a shout-out to Desirée Rochat, who did not collaborate on this piece but put together many of the resources in her excellent booklet listed below,and  lastly, to the staff at les Éditions du CIDIHCA!

Non-fiction

Georges Anglad, Emerson Gouyon, Serge Larose, Kari Levitt, and Victor Piché. “Table ronde sur la recherche caraïbéenne au Québec.” Anthropologie et Sociétés 8, no. 2 (1984): 189–200.

David Austin. Fear of a Black Nation: Race, Sex, and Security in Sixties Montréal. Toronto: Between the Lines, 2013.

Clarence Bayne. “Le Black Theatre Workshop de Montréal: un nouveau bilan.” L’Annuaire théâtral: revue québécoise d’études théâtrales no. 29 (2001): 141–155.

Frantz Benjamin, ed. Le St-Michel Des Haïtiens. Montreal: Les Éditions du CIDIHCA, 2012.

Robert Berrouët-Oriot and Robert Fournier. “L’émergence des écritures migrantes et métisses au Québec.” Québec Studies 14, no. 1 (1992): 7–22.

Jan Carew. “Malcolm X’s Mother in Montreal: A Pioneering Educator.” Re/visioning: Canadian Perspectives on the Education of Africans in the Late Twentieth Century, edited by Vincent D’Oyley and Carl James, 18-24. Toronto: Captus, 1998.

Collectif des Femmes Haïtiennes. Femmes haïtiennes. Montreal: Maison d’Haïti: Carrefour International, 1980.

Afua Cooper. The Hanging of Angélique. Toronto: Harper Collins, 2006.

Nydia Dauphin. “Why The Hell Are Quebec Comedians Wearing Blackface?” Huffington Post, http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/nydia-dauphin/blackface-in-quebec_b_3276801.html

Paul Dejean. Les Haïtiens au Québec. Québec: Les Presses de l’Université de Québec, 1978.

Lorena Gale. “Writing ‘Angélique.’” Canadian Theatre Review. 83 (1995): 20-23. 

Dennis Forsythe, ed. Let the Niggers Burn: The Sir George Williams University Affair and Its Caribbean Aftermath. Montreal: Our Generation Press, 1971.

Roshan A. Jahangeer. “The Charter of Quebec Values, Intersectionality, and Being a Black Feminist in Montreal: An Interview with Délice Igicari Mugabo.” Upping the Anti 16 (2014).

Les Éditions du CIDIHCA. D’Haïti au Québec, Quelques parcours des femmes. Montreal: Les Éditions du CIDIHCA, 2016.

Paul C. Hebert. “A Microcosm of the General Struggle: Black Thought and Activism in Montreal, 1960-1969.” PhD dissertation, University of Michigan, 2015.

Paul C. Hebert. “‘Stronger in death than alive’: Reactions to the Assassination of Patrice Lumumba in Montreal.” Black Perspectives. http://www.aaihs.org/reactions-to-the-assassination-of-patrice-lumumba/

Lyonel Icart. “Haïti-en-Québec: notes pour une histoire.” Ethnologies 28, no. 1 (2006): 45–79.

C. L. R. James. You Don’t Play with Revolution: The Montreal Lectures of C. L. R. James. San Francisco: AK Press, 2009.

Micheline Labelle and Marthe Therrien. “Le mouvement associatif haïtien au Québec et le discours des leaders.” Nouvelles pratiques sociales 5, no. 2 (1992): 65–83.

Kari Levitt and Alister McIntyre. Canada–West Indies Economic Relations. Sponsored by the Canadian Trade Committee, Private Planning Association of Canada and by the Centre for Developing-Area Studies, McGill University, 1967.

Frank Manning. “Carnival and the West Indian Diaspora.” The Round Table 72, no. 286 (1983): 186–196.

Sean Mills. The Empire Within: Postcolonial Thought and Political Activism in Sixties Montreal. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2010.

Sean Mills. “Quebec, Haiti, and the Deportation Crisis of 1974.” Canadian Historical Review 94, no. 3 (2013): 405–435.

Sean Mills. A Place in the Sun: Haiti, Haitians, and the Remaking of Quebec. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2016.

Mugabo, Délice Igicari. “Geographies and Futurities of Being: Radical Black Activism in a Context of Anti-Black Islamophobia in 1990s Montreal.” Masters thesis, Concordia University, 2016.

Délice Mugabo. “On Rocks and Hard Places: A Reflection on Antiblackness in Organizing Against Islamophobia.” Critical Ethnic Studies 2, No. 2 (2016): 159-183.

National Film Board of Canada. Jump up: Caribbean Carnival in Canada, 1985.

Camille A. Nelson and Charmaine A. Nelson, eds. Racism Eh?: A Critical Inter-Disciplinary Anthology of Race and Racism in Canada. Concord, ON: Captus Press, 2004.

Charmaine A. Nelson. The Color of Stone: Sculpting the Black Female Subject in Nineteenth-Century America. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2007.

Charmaine A. Nelson. Representing the Black Female Subject in Western Art. New York: Routledge, 2010.

Charmaine A. Nelson. ed. Ebony Roots, Northern Soil: Perspectives on Blackness in Canada. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2010.

Charmaine A. Nelson. Legacies Denied: Unearthing the Visual Culture of Canadian Slavery (exhibition catalogue). Montreal: McGill Rare Books Library, 2013.

Charmaine A. Nelson. Slavery, Geography, and Empire in Nineteenth-Century Marine Landscapes of Montreal and Jamaica. Surrey: Ashgate Publishing, 2016.

Charmaine A. Nelson. “Modern Racism In Canada Has Deep Colonial Roots.” Huffington Post, Feb 20, 2017, http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/charmaine-nelson/modern-racismcanada_b_14821958.html

Tokunbo Ojo. “Ethnic Print Media in the Multicultural Nation of Canada: A Case Study of the Black Newspaper in Montreal.” Journalism 7, no. 3 (2006): 343–361.

Anthony Phelps. Mémoire en colin-maillard. Montréal, QC: Les Éditions du CIDIHCA, 2001.

Samuel Pierre, ed. Ces Québecois venus d’Haïti: Contribution de la communauté haïtiene à l’édification du Québec moderne. Montreal: Presse Internationales Polytéchnique, 2007.

Marlène Rateau and Pawol Fanm. “Des femmes haïtiennes de Montréal au micro de Radio Centre-ville.” Interrelations femmes-médias dans l’Amérique française, edited by Josette Brun. Québec: Presses universitaires de Laval, 2009.

Désirée Rochat. Caribbean Life in Québec: A Pictorial History of the 60s, 70s and 80sMontreal: Les Éditions du CIDIHCA, 2014.

Grace L. Sanders “‘La voix des femmes’: Haitian Women’s Rights, National Politics and Black Activism in Port-au-Prince and Montreal, 1934–1986.” PhD dissertation, University of the West Indies, 2013.

Winfried Siemerling. The Black Atlantic Reconsidered: Black Canadian Writing, Cultural History, and the Presence of the Past. Montreal: McGill-Queens University Press, 2015.

Shirley Small and Esmeralda Thornhill. “HARAMBEC! Québec Black Women Pulling Together.” Journal of Black Studies 38, no. 3 (2008): 427-442.

Esmeralda Thornhill. Final report on the aspirations and expectations of the Quebec Black Community Work Group on Education report. Montreal, QC: Conseil supérieur de l’Éducation, du Ministère de l’Éducation, 1978.

P. Kiven Tunteng. “Racism and the Montreal Computer Incident of 1969.” Race and Class 14, no. 3 (1973): 229–240.

Frantz Voltaire. Une Brève Histoire Des Communautés Noires Du Canada. Montreal: Les Éditions du CIDIHCA, 2007.

Frantz Voltaire and Stanley Péan. Contribution des artistes haïtiens dans le secteur culturel canadien, 2010. http://www.collectif2004images.org

L. Warner. A Profile of the English-speaking Black Community in Quebec. Montreal: Comité pour l’implantation du plan d’action à l’intention des communautés culturelles, 1983.

Dorothy W. Williams. ABCs of Canadian Black History http://dorothywilliams.ca/my-work/abc-project/

Dorothy W. Williams. Blacks in Montreal, 1628-1986: An Urban Demography. Montreal: Éditions Yvon Blais, 1989.

Dorothy W. Williams. “The Jackie Robinson Myth: Social Mobility and Race in Montreal. 1920–1960.” Masters thesis, Concordia University, 1999.

Dorothy W. Williams. The Road to Now: A History of Blacks in Montreal. Montreal: Véhicule Press, 1997.

Dorothy W. Williams. “Sankofa: Recovering Montreal’s Heterogeneous Black Print Serials.” PhD dissertation, McGill University, 2006.

Zarov, Stéphane. “Les 25 ans du Black Theatre Workshop de Montréal.” L’Annuaire théatral revue québécoise d’études théatrales, 19–20 (1996): 203–206.

Fiction, poetry, and creative writing (mainly works in English):

Marie Célie Agnant. Vingt petits pas vers Maria. Québec: Hurtubise, 2001.

Neil Bissoondath. The Worlds Within Her. Toronto: Cormorant, 1999.

D. Mathieu Cassendo. La petite suceuse. Montreal: BerBer1313, 2016.

Whitney French. From the Root zine http://www.whitneyfrenchwrites.com/zines/

Lorena Gale. Angélique. Toronto: Playwrights Canada Press, 2000.

Kaie Kellough. Maple Leaf Rag. Winnipeg: Arbeiter Ring, 2010.

Kaie Kellough. Accordéon. Winnipeg: Arbeiter Ring, 2016.

Dany Laferrière. Twenty books including How to Make Love to a Negro Without Getting Tired (1987), An Aroma of Coffee (1993), and Tout ce qu’on ne te dira pas, Mongo (2015).

Robert Sandiford. Sand for Snow: A Caribbean-Canadian Chronicle. Montreal: DC Books, 2003.

Mairuth Sarsfield. No Crystal Stair. Norval, ON: Moulin Publishing, 1997.

Somali Semantics zine: http://somalisemantics.tumblr.com/

H. Nigel Thomas. Seven books including most recently No Safeguards. Toronto: Guernica, 2015.

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