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The dream of creating one people from two lands mixed together: 1937 and borderland Utopia

Maria Cristina Fumagalli

in On the Edge: Writing the Border between Haiti and the Dominican Republic

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9781781381601
eISBN:
9781781382349
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781781381601.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

This chapter discusses four fictional recreations of the 1937 massacre written between 1955 and 2003 by writers who had not directly experienced the events: Marcio Veloz Maggiolo's El hombre del ... More


The Distant Literary Witness and the Ghosts of History in the “Other America”

John Patrick Walsh

in Migration and Refuge: An Eco-Archive of Haitian Literature, 1982-2017

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781786941633
eISBN:
9781789629200
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781786941633.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

This chapter examines Edwidge Danticat’s Create Dangerously together with her novel, Claire of the Sea Light. It focuses on Danticat’s critique of the marginalization of “the Other America,” or ... More


Edwidge Danticat: Connecting the Political and Personal

Bonnie Thomas

in Connecting Histories: Francophone Caribbean Writers Interrogating Their Past

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9781496810557
eISBN:
9781496810595
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496810557.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

Edwidge Danticat’s literary perspective challenges notions of identity and belonging in a postcolonial world. In contrast to theorists such as the créolistes who insist on the intrinsic importance of ... More


Roots, Routes, and Returns: Caryl Phillips’s, Cecil Foster’s, and Edwidge Danticat’s Caribbean Returnees

Tuire Valkeakari

in Precarious Passages: The Diasporic Imagination in Contemporary Black Anglophone Fiction

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780813062471
eISBN:
9780813051963
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813062471.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

This chapter examines Caryl Phillips’s, Cecil Foster’s, and Edwidge Danticat’s depictions of contemporary African Caribbean encounters with the United States and Canada, with a particular focus on ... More


In the Book of the Dead, the Narrator Is the Self: Edwidge Danticat’s The Dew Breaker as a Response to Faulkner’s Haiti in Absalom, Absalom!

Sharron Eve Sarthou and Jay Watson

in Faulkner and the Black Literatures of the Americas

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9781496806345
eISBN:
9781496806383
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496806345.003.0013
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This essay argues that Faulkner’s 1936 novel presents Haiti as an infantilized and demonized land, a trope that has been historically used to marginalize Haitians and rationalize US paternalism in ... More


Power, Eros, and Genocide: Capitalism and Black Female Subjectivity in The Farming of Bones

Donna Aza Weir-Soley

in Eroticism, Spirituality, and Resistance in Black Women’s Writings

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813033778
eISBN:
9780813039008
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813033778.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

This chapter discusses Edwidge Danticat's representation of subject formation within the Haitian migrant community in the Dominican Republic during the 1930s. It explores Danticat's treatment of the ... More


This place was here before our nations: Anacaona’s Jaragua

Maria Cristina Fumagalli

in On the Edge: Writing the Border between Haiti and the Dominican Republic

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9781781381601
eISBN:
9781781382349
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781781381601.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

This chapter discusses three fictional reconstructions of the life of the Taíno Queen Anacaona, an important figure in early modern Hispaniola, by writers born in the Dominican Republic and Haiti: ... More


Introduction: The Poetics of Hospitality: Refugee, Migrant, Testimony

April Shemak

in Asylum Speakers: Caribbean Refugees and Testimonial Discourse

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780823233557
eISBN:
9780823241194
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823233557.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

In her 2007 memoir, Brother, I'm Dying, Haitian-American writer Edwidge Danticat recounts the events surrounding the death of her eighty-one-year-old uncle Joseph Dantica, who died while being ... More


Caribbean Migrant Writers and the Politics of Return

Angelique V. Nixon

in Resisting Paradise: Tourism, Diaspora, and Sexuality in Caribbean Culture

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9781628462180
eISBN:
9781626746039
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781628462180.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

Chapter two focuses on well-known Afro-Caribbean women writers, Jamaica Kincaid and Edwidge Danticat, who reside in the United States and make a significant contribution to “resistance culture.” ... More


Place and Real Estate: The Question of Community in Edwidge Danticat’s The Dew Breaker

June Dwyer

in Race and Real Estate

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
October 2015
ISBN:
9780199977260
eISBN:
9780190255251
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199977260.003.0007
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

This chapter explores the fictionalized Haitian-American enclave in Edwidge Danticat’s 2004 collection of linked short stories The Dew Breaker. The community in question is threatened not from ... More


Sugar’s Legacies: Romance, Revolution, and Wageless Life in the Fiction of Edwidge Danticat and Rosario Ferré

Angela Naimou

in Salvage Work: U.S. and Caribbean Literatures amid the Debris of Legal Personhood

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780823264766
eISBN:
9780823266616
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823264766.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

This chapter explores the collision of sugar economies, sex, and legal personhood in Kara Walker’s sculptural art installation A Subtlety, Edwidge Dan¬ticat’s short story “A Wall of Fire Rising,” and ... More


A Tree Grows in Bajan Brooklyn: Writing Caribbean New York

Martha Jane Nadell

in Surveying the American Tropics: A Literary Geography from New York to Rio

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9781846318900
eISBN:
9781846319983
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781846318900.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

A number of writers originally from the American Tropics have lived and set their stories in Brooklyn neighbourhoods, particularly Bedford-Stuyvesant and East Flatbush. At the centre of Martha Jane ... More


“A Border between Geographies of Grief”: River Crossings and Crossroads between Haiti and the Dominican Republic

RéGine Michelle Jean-Charles

in Transnational Hispaniola: New Directions in Haitian and Dominican Studies

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9781683400387
eISBN:
9781683400653
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9781683400387.003.0005
Subject:
Society and Culture, Latin American Studies

Chapter 4 analyzes representations of the Haitian-Dominican border in the literature of Edwidge Danticat, Roxane Gay, and Évelyne Trouillot, who each exhume the historical trauma of the 1937 Massacre ... More


Writing on the Fault Line: Haitian Literature and the Earthquake of 2010

Martin Munro

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9781781381465
eISBN:
9781781382233
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781781381465.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

What are the effects of a catastrophic earthquake on a society, its culture and politics? Which of these effects are temporary, and which endure? Are the various effects immediately discernible, or ... More


Immigration, Assimilation, and Conflict: A Dialectics of Cannibalism and Anthropemy

Njeri Githire

in Cannibal Writes: Eating Others in Caribbean and Indian Ocean Women's Writing

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252038785
eISBN:
9780252096747
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252038785.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Women's Literature

This chapter examines the deployment of counter-incorporative strategies as a means to thwart potentially dangerous elements from entering the eating body. In particular, it examines how, through the ... More


Sociogenic Marronage in a Slave Revolution

Neil Roberts

in Freedom as Marronage

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780226127460
eISBN:
9780226201184
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226201184.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

This chapter deciphers principles developed during the Haitian Revolution by slave masses in flight. Its twofold objectives are a refutation of scholarship reducing the notions of freedom in the ... More


Introduction

Njeri Githire

in Cannibal Writes: Eating Others in Caribbean and Indian Ocean Women's Writing

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252038785
eISBN:
9780252096747
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252038785.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Women's Literature

This introductory chapter provides an overview of the book's main themes. This book explores the preeminence of alimentary-related tropes—particularly cannibalism—and their political significance in ... More


Sign-Off

Alejandra Bronfman

in Isles of Noise: Sonic Media in the Caribbean

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9781469628691
eISBN:
9781469628714
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469628691.003.0007
Subject:
History, Economic History

This concluding chapter serves as an epilogue and situates the relevance of broadcasting to present-day concerns in the Caribbean. It offers an account of the archives and sources on which the book ... More


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