Andrea R Canaan
Andrea R Canaan
New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
|Education||Tulane University (MSW)|
University of San Francisco (MFA)
|Known for||Feminism, social activism|
Early life and education
Canaan was born in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1950. She was raised in a close activist and spiritual community. At twelve years old, Canaan was raped by a Methodist minister where she also faced abuse from a female church camp counselor. Canaan has also intimated that her mother was aware of this abuse and did nothing to help her child. Canaan has referenced this abuse in her work by touching upon themes of religious abuses of power and clergy misconduct.
In the 1980s, Canaan served as the Director of Women and Employment which helps place women in non-traditional jobs.
Canaan's creative passion is personal wholeness, the transformation of shame into courage for herself and in the lives of other black women. Her work explores themes of black womanhood, sexual abuse, identity labels, and friendships between black women.
- Canaan, Andrea (1994), "I call up names: facing childhood sexual abuse", in White, Evelyn C. (ed.), The Black women's health book, Seattle: Seal Press, pp. 78–81, ISBN 9781878067401.
- Canaan, Andrea (1987), "God bless the child", in Pollack, Sandra J.; Vaughn, Jeanne (eds.), Politics of the heart: a lesbian parenting anthology, Ithaca, N.Y.: Firebrand Books, pp. 279–285, ISBN 9780932379351.
- Moraga, Cherríe; Anzaldúa, Gloria, eds. (2015). This Bridge Called My Back, Fourth Edition: Writings by Radical Women of Color. State University of New York Press. pp. 232–238, 268. ISBN 1438454384. OCLC 894128432.
- Crawford, Anna Elaine Brown (2002-01-01). Hope in the Holler: A Womanist Theology. Westminster John Knox Press. pp. 79, 85. ISBN 9780664222543.
- "About". Black Magnolias. 2015-04-11. Retrieved 2017-11-01.
- Quashie, Kevin Everod (2004). Black Women, Identity, and Cultural Theory: (un)becoming the Subject. Rutgers University Press. pp. 17–18. ISBN 9780813533674.
- Bell, Linda A. (2012). Beyond the Margins: Reflections of a Feminist Philosopher. SUNY Press. p. 102. ISBN 9780791486016.
- Berger, Michele Tracy; Guidroz, Kathleen (2010-01-01). The Intersectional Approach: Transforming the Academy through Race, Class, and Gender. Univ of North Carolina Press. p. 83. ISBN 9780807895566.
- Faulkner, Mara (1993). Protest and Possibility in the Writing of Tillie Olsen. University of Virginia Press. p. 106. ISBN 9780813914176.