In anticipation of Claudia Rankine’s visit to Concordia University this week we will feature writing by Concordia students responding to Claudia Rankine’s works Citizen: An American Lyric and Don’t Let Me Be Lonely. For now, here are the details and an article from New Statesmen: United states of prejudice: Claudia Rankine’s powerful interrogations of racism
Subtitled An American Lyric, Citizen has a stylistic precursor in Rankine’s 2004 volume, Don’t Let Me Be Lonely, now receiving its first publication in the UK. The two works share a preoccupation with trauma and the American psyche. They mix prose poetry with the lyric essay and are based in part on testimonies in real-life interviews, ventriloquised into the first person. The form is bold, experimental and fragmented.
-BERNARDINE EVARISTO, New Statesman, 2017
An Evening with Claudia Rankine
March 10, 2017
J.A. de Sève Cinema, Webster Library, Concordia University, 1400 Boulevard de Maisonneuve O, Montréal