Migrant Revolutions

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

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Migrant Revolution offers an overview of twentieth-century Haitian literature, placing its rich tradition in the context of transnational anti-colonial politics. Kaussen argues that the anti-colonial politics of Haitian modernist literature is based on the philosophies of human rights that drove the Haitian Revolution and, further, that Haitian literary modernity has continually challenged the world colonial order, including the contemporary era of globalization.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 290 pages
  • 157.48 x 231.14 x 25.4mm | 408.23g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0739116363
  • 9780739116364

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Professor Valerie Kaussen's Migrant Revolutions represents thoroughly researched and well-written scholarship. This book breaks new ground in its analysis of the various and contending forces that have shaped and subtended the production of Haitian literature in the twentieth century. By analyzing a set of key themes, including Haitian revolutionary traditions, labor practices under U.S. occupation, and global migrations of people and capital, she successfully challenges prevailing attitudes of colonialism and slavery, through global ideologies of materialism and capitalist modernity to the role of social movements like noirisme and indigenisme. I am confident that this work will make an important contribution to the fields of Francophone cultural studies and Haitian studies. -- H. Adlai Murdoch, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign A valuable study of Haiti's Marxist literary tradition...Recommended. CHOICE, August 2008 Inspired by the reevaluation of the Haitian Revolution as central to the project of modernity in the Americas, Migrant Revolutions treats writing after the U.S. intervention as a continuation of the revolutionary ideals of 1804. Kaussen perceptively constructs modern Haitian narratives as essentially urban ethnographies and fictions of displacement provoked by the disruptive effect of U.S. imperialism. Her rereading of Jacques Roumain, Marie Chauvet and Edwidge Danticat will certainly have a great impact on the field of Caribbean and francophone studies. -- J. Michael Dash, New York Universityshow more

About Valerie Kaussen

Valerie Kaussen is associate professor of French at the University of Missouri-Columbia.show more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Introduction: Engaging Creolization and Postcolonial Theory Chapter 2 Chapter 1. Modernism, Migration and the US Occupation in EarlyIndigenisme Chapter 3 Chapter 2. The Market in Bodies and Souls: Transnational Labor and the Haitian Revolution in Maurice Casseus'sViejo Chapter 4 Chapter 3. Slaves,Viejos and theInternationale: the Marxist novels of Jacques Roumain and Jacques-Stephen Alexis Chapter 5 Chapter 4. Decolonization, Revolution, and Postmodernity in Marie Chauvet's "Amour" Chapter 6 Chapter 5. Revealing is Healing: The Memory of Collective Politics in Edwidge Danticat'sThe Dew Breaker andThe Farming of Bones Chapter 7 Conclusionshow more

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