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A grain of salt: Remembering the trans-Atlantic slave trade in Benin Republic and Haiti

Collection:
Black Caribbean Literature (BCL)
Contributor:
Pressley-Sanon,Antoinette (Author)
Format:
Dissertation/Thesis
Publication Date:
2009
URL:
http://search.proquest.com/docview/305032776/fulltextPDF/7148996A52314C8EPQ/1?accountid=14553
Published:
Wisconsin: The University of Wisconsin - Madison
Location:
African American Research Center, Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject Term:
Caribbean area, Blacks, Literature, Haiti, Africa, Slave trade, African diaspora, Benin, Francophone, Transatlantic, UNESCO
Notes:
333 p., Examines both historical and contemporary attempts by the people of Ouidah, Benin Republic in West Africa and in the Caribbean country of Haiti to confront and reconcile their relationship via the transatlantic slave trade. Oral and visual narrative have been central to this process as people represent, reflect and interpret a past that is fraught with gaps, silences and erasures. Proposes that the process of remembrance mirrors a traditional rites of passage whereby one lives as part of a community, dies to the past and then is reborn anew in the community. Both Ouidahans and Haitians now occupy a liminal space--an exilic space--in which they struggle to remember a past that was for many years repressed and suppressed.