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Graduate Program in Communication & Culture

Faculty Profiles

Leslie Sanders

Media and Culture

University   York University
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Phone Number   (416)736-2100 x. 66604
Office Location   Atkinson 706
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B.A. (Toronto); M.A. (Toronto); Ph.D. (Toronto)



Research Interests

2008 Organizing committee: Symposium in Honour of Barbara Godard

1995-2005 With Arnold Rampersad (Stamford University), Steven Tracy (University of Massachusetts at Amherst), Dolan Hubbard (Morgan State University), editor of The Collected Works of Langston Hughes. 18 Volumes. University of Missouri Press. Individual editor for two volumes of plays (Volumes 5 and 6)

1997--African Canadian On-line, development, coordination, webmaster.
2004 Guest editorial board, “Women in the Black Diaspora” issue of CWS/cf , 23.2 (Winter 2004)

2002 Chair, Organizer, and Commenter, “Hughes and Sexuality” Langston Hughes Centennial Conference, Yale University.

2001 with Rinaldo Walcott, organizer, Canadian Association of American Studies, Toronto, 2001.

2000-2007 Ontario Representative, Canadian Association of American Studies

2000 "Diaspora and Desire in the Writings of Dionne Brand" University of Mainz, Germany; invited talk

1999-2007 Editorial Board, Modern Drama

2005-Editorial Board, New Dawn: a Journal of Black Canadian Studies


Selected Publications


2007 Editor, Fierce Departures: The Poetry of Dionne Brand,” Wilfrid Laurier Press, 2009

2004 Editor, Gospel Plays, Operas, and Late Dramatic Works. Volume 6. The Collected Works of Langston Hughes. University of Missouri Press:

2002 Editor, Mulatto to The Sun Do Move: Plays to 1942. Volume 5. The Collected Works of Langston Hughes. University of Missouri Press

Introductions, and Chapters in Books

“Dionne Brand, “ Border Crossings: A Sourcebook on Caribbean Writers in Canada. Eds. Hyacinth Simpson and Frank Birbalsingh. Coconut Creek, Florida: Caribbean Studies Press. (Invited; forthcoming).

“What the Poet Does for Us” in .” No Language Is Neutral: Essays on Dionne Brand. Eds. Dina Georgis, Katherine McKittrick and Rinaldo Walcott. WLP, in press.

“Four Black Film Documentary Moments.” in Multiple Lenses - Voices from the Diaspora located in Canada. Ed. David Divine. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2007: 196-204.

“Reason Not Justice: Introduction to Andrew Moodie, The Real McCoy. Playwrights Canada Press, 2006: iii-v.

Entries for Andre Alexis, Austin Clarke, Dionne Brand, George Elliott Clarke, M. Nourbese Philip, Djanet Sears, Maxine Tynes. Encyclopaedia of the African Diaspora, in press.

“Greasy ties and cold sores”: Austin Clarke’s Canadian Experience. Surviving the Crossing: Essays on Austin Clarke, Rinaldo Walcott, ed. Toronto: Garamond Press. in press.

“History at Negro Creek: Djanet Sears’s Adventures of a Black Girl in Search of God, in Testifyin’: Contemporary African Canadian Drama, Volume 2. Djanet Sears, ed. Toronto: Playwrights Canada Press, 2004: 487-489; rpt., Djanet Sears, Adventures of a Black Girl in Seach of God. Playwrights Canada Press, 2004.

"Responsibility and Respect in Critical Pedagogy";"Adult Students" ;"English-as-a-Second-Language Students" in Voices from the Classroom: Reflections on Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. ed. Janice Newton, Jerry Ginsberg, Jan Rehner, Pat Rogers, Sue Sbrizzi, John Spencer. Garamond Press, 2001: 54-57, 93-95, 95-96.

"White Teacher, Black Literature, with afterword" in Talking About Difference: Encounters in Culture, Language, and Identity, Second Edition, Carl James and Adrienne Shadd, Toronto: Between the Lines Press, 2001: 168-176.

“Othello Deconstructed: Djanet Sears Harlem Duet” in Testifyin’: Contemporary African Canadian Drama, Volume 1. Djanet Sears, ed. Toronto: Playwrights Canada Press, 2000: 557-559.

“Impossible to Occupy: Andre Alexis’ Childhood.” in Rude: Contemporary Black Canadian Cultural Criticism. ed. Rinaldo Walcott. Toronto: Insomniac, 2000: 169-187.

“Anti/Modern Spaces: African Canadians in Nova Scotia.” In Floating the Borders: New Contexts in Canadian Criticism, ed. Nurjehan Aziz. Toronto: TSAR Press, 2000: 106-121.

"American Scripts, Canadian Realities: Toronto's Show Boat," rpt. In Pop Can: Popular Culture in Canada. Eds. Linda Van Luven, Priscilla Walton. Toronto: Prentice Hall, 1999: 13-26.

The History That Is To Be: Colina Phillip’s ?Making Change.” In Re/Visioning: Canadian Perspectives on Black Education in the Late Twentieth Century. V. D'Oly and C. James, eds. Captus. 1999.

Refereed journals:

“At the full and change of CanLit: an interview with Dionne Brand,” with Rinaldo Walcott. Canadian Woman Studies, 20:2 Summ'00: 22-26.

”The Mere Determination to Remember: M. Nourbese Philip's Stop Frame. West Coast Line #22, 31:1, (Spring/Summer, 1997): 134-142.

Solicited articles:

Entry for Claire Harris, Dictionary of Literary Biography, Volume 334, Gale Press, 89-95.


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Harold [Innis] taught us how to use the bias of culture and communication as an instrument of research. By directing attention to the bias, or distorting power of the dominant imagery and technology of any culture, he showed us how to understand cultures.
~ Marshall McLuhan