Afro - Hispanic Review

Articles from Vol. 32, No. 2, Fall

Bearing Witness to Genocide: The 1937 Haitian Massacre and Border of Lights
How does one bear witness to the legacy of genocide? To crimes against humanity perpetrated by and against people of African descent? And, how do you bear witness when it is your ethnic group, the perpetrators, that carried out mass murder decades before...
Big Ideas in Little Haiti: A Conversation with Contemporary Haitian Artist, Edouard Duval Carrié
Ifirst met Edouard Duval Carriè during the summer of 2013 on a tour of his art studio in Little Haiti as part of a Haitian Creole class at Florida International University. I was immediately captivated by his work, his story, and the artist himself....
Bridging Islands with Myriam J.A. Chancy
As a writer and scholar, Haitian-Canadian Myriam J.A. Chancy lays bare the complexities of her country of birth, Haiti. In all of Chancy's works, not only does Haiti claim a strong presence and importance, but so does the island of Hispaniola as a whole....
Caribbean Collusion: Junot Díaz, Edwidge Danticat and the New Yorker Fiction Podcast
The fact that Iam writing to youin Englishalready falsifies what Iwanted to tell you.My subject:how to explain to you that Idon't belong to Englishthough I belong nowhere else.Gustavo Pérez Firmat, "Dedication"This article brings together two New Yorker...
Editor's Note
Hispaniola has been on my mind. My first encounter with this part of the Caribbean was through Alejo Carpentier's The Kingdom of This World (1949), which fascinated me as a first year graduate student. In the early stage of my studies, I learned about...
Homeland, Poetry, and Justice: Julia ÁLvarez Engages Pedro Mir
Across generations, language difference, and historical perspectives, "There Are Two Countries," a highly evocative poem by prominent Dominican-American fiction writer and poet Julia Álvarez, launches a layered conversation with Hay un país en el mundo...
"La Calle Es Libre": Race, Recognition, and Dominican Street Theater
Much has been made of the recent ruling by the Tribunal Constitucional Dominicano, a ruling revoking citizenship back to 1929 from those born in the Dominican Republic but deemed to be "in transit." The ruling is effectively, if not explicitly, aimed...
Silence and False Starts in Times of Disaster
What are the words you do not yet have? What do you need to say? What are the tyrannies you swallow day by day and attempt to make your own, until you will sicken and die of them, still in silence?-Audre Lorde (1977)How do you put such a thing into words?...
"There Are Two Countries"
(after the maestro, nuestro Pedro Mir)There are two countries in the worldin the same pathof the sun.Natives of the nightin a colonized archipelagoof touristsand free zones.Simply lightlike the kisses of childrenraised togetherwho do not yet knowhow...
Un-Bordering Hispaniola: David Pérez's Performance Actions of Haitian- Dominican Solidarity
In his 2008 video installation Línea fronteriza (Borderline), Dominican artist David Pérez envisions two versions of Hispaniola (see Figure 1). The first one consists of a map of the island outlined by bright lights. The map shows no inner borders. On...
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