Toward an Expanded Canon of Black Literature


Black Literature; Black Writers; Diverse Literature


Nabokov. Faulkner. Steinbeck. Hemingway. Orwell. Heller. Huxley. Fitzgerald. Vonnegut. Dostoevsky. Camus. Milton. As I dragged my finger from title to title, there was something that connected Lolita to East of Eden to The Plague to A Farewell to Arms to This Side of Paradise, but I couldn’t quite put my finger on it. I surveyed the sea of books, stretching across five or six white plastic folding tables, and watched NYU students grab identical copies, check off titles corresponding to their syllabi’s list of required reading, and pay a man who I presumed was Neptune, god of this sea of books covering a few meters of a city block.


By Mateo Askaripour