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Sharon Beckford-Foster

Assistant Professor
Office: 
2307 Liberal Arts
Phone: 
(585) 475-7488
B.A. Hons., M.A, Ph.D, English, York University, Toronto, On., Canada.
PROFILE 
 
Advisor: Global Literatures and Cultures Minor
I am a fellow at the Centre for Feminist Research and an associate fellow at the Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean (CERLAC) at York University.
 
RESEARCH AND TEACHING INTERESTS
 
African American Literature 
Postcolonial Literatures
Canadian Literature 
Literary and Cultural Theory
African Diaspora Studies 
Digital Humanities
Transnational Studies
Women’s and Gender Studies 
 
COURSES
 
African American Literature, Music, and Culture
Caribbean Literature
Latin American Literature
Art of Poetry
Modern Poetry
The Short Story
Travel Writing

Publications

 

Monograph

Naturally Woman: The Search for Self in Black Canadian Women’s Literature. Toronto, ON: Inanna Publications and Education Inc. 2011.

Richard Wright and His Modeling of ‘West Indians’ as Modern Citizens. (Work in progress)

 

Refereed Journal Articles

“Always a Domestic?: The Question of Canadian Redemption and Belonging in Selected Literature by Black Canadian Writers.” Southern Journal of Canadian Studies (SJCS) Vol 5.1 (December 2012): 122-47.

“‘We’re Here / Standing on the Shoreline’: On Sylvia Hamilton’s Films about Black Nova Scotians and Canadian Multiculturalism.” Canadian Woman Studies/les cahiers de la femme. Vol. 27: 2/3 (2010):114– 20.

“‘A Geography of the Mind’: Black Canadian Women Writers as Cartographers of the Canadian Geographic Imagination.” Journal of Black Studies 38 (2008): 461 – 83.

 

Book Chapters

“ahdri zhina mandiela.” Border Crossings: A Sourcebook on Caribbean Writers in Canada. Eds. Hyacinth Simpson and Frank Birbalsingh. Coconut Creek, Florida: Caribbean Studies Press. (Accepted.)

“Taking a Piece of the Past with Us: Jamaican-Canadian Fruits of Migration in Makeda Silvera’s The Heart Does Not Bend.” Eds. Carl E. James and Andrea Davis. Halifax, NS: Fernwood Publishing, 2012. 84-96. Invited.

“Uprooting Claims to Legitimacy: Blackness and the Canadian National Imaginary in Djanet Sears’s Adventures of a Black Girl in Search of God and Afua Cooper’s Negro Cemeteries.Ebony Roots, Northern Soil. Ed. Charmaine Nelson. Cambridge Scholars Press. 2010. 277-96.

“This Space Called Canada: Re-imagining the National Story.” Strangers in the Mirror: In and Out of the Mainstream of Culture in Canada. Ed. Sanjay Talreja and Nurjehan Aziz. Toronto: TSAR Publications, 2004. 1 – 16. Rpt. in Sylvan Barnet et al., The Practical Guide to Writing with Readings and Handbook, 2nd Canadian ed. Toronto: Pearson Education Canada, 2007. 257 -67.

“This Space Called Canada: Re-imagining the National Story.” Strangers in the Mirror: In and Out of the Mainstream of Culture in Canada. Ed. Sanjay Talreja and Nurjehan Aziz. Toronto: TSAR Publications, November 2004. 1 – 16.

 

Book Reviews (peer-reviewed)

Rev of Black Geographies: The Politics of Place. Edited by Katherine McKittrick and Clyde Woods. Canadian Woman Studies /les cahiers de la femme. Vol. 27: 2/3 (2010): 128 – 9.

Rev of Theorizing Empowerment: Canadian Perspectives on Black Feminist Thought. Edited by Notisha Massaquoi and Njoki Nathani Wane. University of Toronto Quarterly Vol 78:1 (2009): 207-208.

“‘To Desire is to Suffer’: Longing and Suffering in Dionne Brand’s What We All Long For.” MaComère: Journal of the Association of Caribbean Women Writers and Scholars 7 (2005): 192 – 5.

 

Reference Work Entries (Refereed)

“Marlene NourbeSe Philip.” The Encyclopedia of Postcolonial Studies. Eds. Sangeeta Ray and Henry Schwarz. Wiley-Blackwell. Invited. (Forthcoming, contract in hand 2013)

“Ricardo Keens-Douglas.” The Encyclopedia of the African Diaspora. Ed. Carole Boyce Davies. ABC-CLIO, Inc. (2009) 604 - 605.

“Tessa McWatt.” The Encyclopedia of the African Diaspora. Ed. Carole Boyce Davies. ABC-CLIO, Inc. (2009) 669 - 670.

“Basil Johnston.” The Encyclopedia of Native American Literature. Ed. Alan R. Velie and Jennifer McClinton-Temple. Facts on File, Inc. (2008) 195 – 196.

“Ruby Slipperjack-Farrell.” The Encyclopedia of Native American Literature. Ed. Alan R. Velie and Jennifer McClinton-Temple. Facts on File, Inc. (2008) 325 – 326.