Journal of Haitian Studies

Articles from Vol. 23, No. 1, Spring

Beyond the Black Jacobins: Haitian Revolutionary Historiography Comes of Age
Published in 1938 on the brink of World War II, C. L. R. James's book The Black Jacobins: Toussaint L'Ouverture and the San Domingo Revolution is the finest single accomplishment of the figure many consider to be the outstanding Anglophone Caribbean...
Emerante De Pradines: The Birth of a Legend and the Making of a Tradition
From 2012 to 2016, I spent each July at the fabled Hotel Oloffson in Portau-Prince, where I often sat and conversed with Madame Emerante de Pradines Morse ("Emy"), developing a friendship. Emy is the mother of Richard Morse, who with his wife, Lunise,...
Gewalt Und Trauma Im Haitianischen Gegenwartsroman. Die Post-Duvalier-ÄRa in der Literatur
Gewalt und Trauma im haitianischen Gegenwartsroman. Die Post-Duvalier-Ära in der Literatur. ParJulia Borst. Tübingen: Narr, 2015. IBSN 978-3-8233-6916-5. 289 pp. €68.L'étude de Julia Borst se dédie a rechercher les modalitás de la mise en fiction de...
Haitian Connections: Recognition after Revolution in the Atlantic World
Haitian Connections: Recognition after Revolution in the Atlantic World. By Julia Gaffield. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2015. ISBN 978-1-4696-2562-1. 274 pp. $29.95 US. Paperback.Since Julius Scott's 1986 dissertation "A Common Wind:...
Haiti Glass
Haiti Glass. By Lenelle Moise. City Lights Books, 2014. ISBN 978-0-87286-614-0. 79 pp. $10.95 US. Paperback.Review by Patrick SylvainHaiti Glass inspires a willingness to walk on shards. It beckons one's ears to hear the crunching sounds of what remains...
LE TÉLÉPHONE ABSENT : QUESTIONS INTERMÉDIALES DANS TON BEAU CAPITAINE DE SIMONE SCHWARZ-BART (1987)
HISTOIRE D'UNE LECTURE RATÉETon beau capitaine (1987),1 piece de theatre de l'auteure guadeloupéenne Simone Schwarz-Bart, se présente, le long de ses quatre tableaux, comme le monologue de Wilnor, un ouvrier agricole haitien émigré en Guadeloupe qui...
Manifestes et Programmes Littéraires Aux Caraïbes Francophones : En/jeux Idéologiques et Poétiques
Manifestes et programmes littéraires aux Caratbesfrancophones: En/jeux idéologiques etpoétiques. By Michal Obszynski. Leiden/ Boston: Brill/Rodopi, 2016. ISBN 9789004309128. 278 pp. $78 US. Print and E-book.Michal Obszynski's Manifestes et programmes...
"Nous L'avons Gardée En Nous, la Tranche Blanche": Rethinking the Time of the Haitian Flag in Jean F. Brierre's le Drapeau De Demain (1931)
The main difficulty facing national literatures today, as they are defined here, is that they must combine mythification and demystification, this primal innocence with a learned craftiness.-Edouard Glissant, Caribbean DiscourseSince the 1980s, historians...
Power, Politics, and the Cinematic Imagination
Power, Politics, and the Cinematic Imagination. Edited by Toni Pressley-Sanon and Sophie Saint-Just. New York: Rowman and Littlefield, 2015. ISBN 978-0-7391-9878-0. 298 pp. $95.00 US. Hardcover.Power, Politics, and the Cinematic Imagination, edited by...
The Nonmagical Realism of Jacques Roumain's Gouverneurs De la Rosée
Et, quand nous disons que l'homme est responsable de lui-mme, nous ne voulons pas dire de sa stricte individualité, mais qu'il est responsable de tous les hommes.-Jean-Paul Sartre, L'Existentialisme est un humanismeGouverneurs de la rosée has received...
The Talking Dead: Narrating the Past in Yanick Lahens's Bain De Lune
Dead men tell no tales. However, in Haitian author Yanick Lahens's fourth novel, Bain de lune (2014), the voice of a recently murdered woman insists on being heard. What is remarkable in Bain de lune is not, however, that the dead do indeed tell tales...
Tropical Apocalypse: Haiti and the Caribbean End Times
Tropical Apocalypse: Haiti and the Caribbean End Times. By Martin Munro. University of Virginia Press, 2015. ISBN 9780813938202. 240 pp. $29.50 US. Paperback.Martin Munro's Tropical Apocalypse: Haiti and the Caribbean End Times draws together a number...
"We Are Your Neighbors": Edwidge Danticat's New Narrative for Haiti
In the wake of the world's ruinously misguided humanitarian response to the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, it became clear that widespread and deeply held notions of Haitian exceptionalism continued to plague Haiti's relationship with the rest of the world.1...
Why Haiti Needs New Narratives: A Post-Quake Chronicle
Why Haiti Needs New Narratives: A Post-quake Chronicle. By Gina Athena Ulysse. Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press, 2015. ISBN 08195-7546-1. 408 pp. $27.95 US. Paperback.In Why Haiti Needs New Narratives: A Post-quake Chronicle, Gina Athena Ulysse...
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