Haiti And The United States / Edition 2

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Overview

Imaginative literature, argues Michael Dash, does not merely reflect, but actively influences historical events. He demonstrates this by a close examination of the relations between Haiti and the United States through the imaginative literature of both countries. The West's mythification of Haiti is a strategy used to justify either ostracsim or domination, a process traced here from the nineteenth-century until it emerges with a voyeuristic fierceness in the 1960s.
In an effort to resist these stereogypes, Haitian literature becomes a subversive manoeuvre permitting Haitians to 'rewrite' themselves.The United States 'invente' Haiti as a land of savagery and mystery, a source of evil and shame. Weaving together text and historical context, Dash discusses the durability of lthese images which continue to shape official policy and popular attitudes today. For the second edition the final chapter has been expanded to take in recent events, including the US military intervention in 1994, and to show how these have influenced literary expression.

"Highly stimulating history of Haitian and US perceptions of each other as seen in each country's literature from 1850s-1990s. Dash sets these texts in political context and repeatedly demonstrates the narrow line between 'imaginative' and 'objective' descriptions of Haiti by US writers. This critical perspective, combined with the author's knowledge of 20th-century Haitian literature, makes this study a particularly valuable one"--Handbook of Latin American Studies, v. 58.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312164904
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 1/15/1997
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.46 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition
Preface to the First Edition
Acknowledgements
Chronology
1 Through the Eyes of the Other: Stereotypes of the Nineteenth Century 1
2 Through the Looking Glass: Textual Politics and the American Occupation 22
3 Dreaming the Same Dream: Harlem, Haiti and Racial Solidarity 45
4 Passionate Apologists: Haiti and the United States in the Post-Occupation Years 73
5 The Art of Darkness: Writing in the Duvalier Years 101
6 Caribbean Overtures 135
7 Epilogue: The Final Frontier 163
Notes 169
Index 179
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