George Elliott Clarke to speak at NSCAD
January 18, 2010

Renowned Canadian poet and playwright, George Elliott Clarke, O.C., will discuss Maritime poet John Thompson’s work in a special lecture on Thursday, January 21, 7 p.m. in the 2nd floor Drawing Studio, Port Campus. A reception will follow.

The discussion, entitled John Thompson’s Shadowed Whiteness, is presented by NSCAD's Division of Critical and Historical Studies.

From Dr. Clarke’s perspective, “Though John Thompson is read as an archetypal and influential Maritime Canadian poet of ironic pastoral and Gothic domesticity, his work is shot through with images of suspect whiteness, serving to voice a critique, subtle and  subversive, of both decolonization and colonialism. Indeed, as is the case with reading many Canadian poets, Malcolm X may be more useful in producing a rich analysis than are canonical Canuck critics steeped in depoliticized Nature protocols.”

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