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Haiti and the United States

National Stereotypes and the Literary Imagination

Authors: Dash, J. Michael

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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 ostracism 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 stereotypes, Haitian literature becomes a subversive manoeuvre permitting Haitians to 'rewrite' themselves. The Unites States 'invented' 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 these images, which continue to shape official policy and popular attitudes today.

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'Dash's book is a sophisticated and fascinating critical study of the clash of cultures illuminating many of the political positions taken by each country at crucial stages of history.' - David Nicholls, Times Higher Education Supplement


Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Haiti and the United States
Book Subtitle
National Stereotypes and the Literary Imagination
Authors
Copyright
1997
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
Distribution Rights
Distribution rights only for USA, Canada. dual edition
eBook ISBN
978-1-349-25219-0
DOI
10.1007/978-1-349-25219-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-333-68017-9
Softcover ISBN
978-0-312-16490-4
Softcover ISBN
978-0-333-68018-6
Edition Number
2
Number of Pages
XVII, 182
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