This is the Canon: Decolonize Your Bookshelf in 50 Books

Anim-Addo, Joan; Osborne, Deirdre and Sesay, Kadija. 2021. This is the Canon: Decolonize Your Bookshelf in 50 Books. London: Quercus Editions. ISBN 9781529414592 [Book]

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This is the Canon aims to rethink what are considered the 'classics' of literature and taps into the ongoing discussions around race and identity taking place throughout Britain and across the globe. Through linking The Atlantic, Indian and Pacific Ocean regions through literature it advocates a democratising of the canon in offering 'a' canon. It responds to those readers who are increasingly looking for books that can educate them on racial matters, as well as books from marginalised voices. The book thus contributes to the ongoing national debates around a decolonisation of educational curricula to better represent Britain's multiculturalism.

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The book has been translated into Dutch:
Orlando Books. (August 2023) ISBN 978 90 832551 5 6


decolonizing, African writers, Indigenous writers, Caribbean writers, Black writers, the canon

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English and Comparative Literature


28 October 2021

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19 Nov 2021 14:44

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18 Dec 2023 14:46


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