Migrant Revolutions: Haitian Literature, Globalization, and U.S. Imperialism

Migrant Revolutions: Haitian Literature, Globalization, and U.S. Imperialism

by Valerie Kaussen
     
 

ISBN-10: 0739116363

ISBN-13: 9780739116364

Pub. Date: 12/24/2007

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

Migrant Revolutions: Haitian Literature, Globalization, and U.S. Imperialism interprets Haitian literature in a transnational context of anticolonial-and antiglobalization-politics. Positing a materialist and historicized account of Haitian literary modernity, it traces the themes of slavery, labor migration, diaspora, and revolution in works by Jacques Roumain, Marie…  See more details below

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Migrant Revolutions: Haitian Literature, Globalization, and U.S. Imperialism interprets Haitian literature in a transnational context of anticolonial-and antiglobalization-politics. Positing a materialist and historicized account of Haitian literary modernity, it traces the themes of slavery, labor migration, diaspora, and revolution in works by Jacques Roumain, Marie Chauvet, Edwidge Danticat, and others. Valerie Kaussen argues that the sociocultural effects of U.S. imperialism have renewed and expanded the relevance of the universal political ideals that informed Haiti's eighteenth-century slave revolt and war of decolonization. Finally, Migrant Revolutions locates Haitian literary modernity at the forefront of the struggles against transnational empire and global colonialism.

About the Author:
Valerie Kaussen is associate professor of French at the University of Missouri-Columbia

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780739116364
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
12/24/2007
Series:
After the Empire: The Francophone World and Postcolonial France Series
Pages:
290
Product dimensions:
6.38(w) x 9.47(h) x 0.83(d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     vii
Preface     ix
Introduction: Engaging Creolization and Postcolonial Theory     1
Modernism, Migration, and the U.S. Occupation in Early Indigenisme     27
The Market in Bodies and Souls: Transnational Labor and the Haitian Revolution in Maurice Casseus's Viejo     67
Slaves, Viejos, and the Internationale: The Marxist Novels of Jacques Roumain and Jacques-Stephen Alexis     101
Decolonization, Revolution, and Postmodernity in Marie Chauvet's Amour     147
Revealing Is Healing: The Memory of Collective Politics in Edwidge Danticat's The Dew Breaker and The Farming of Bones     185
Conclusion     221
Bibliography     225
Index     237
About the Author     245

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