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Locating slavery in the modern national imaginary: The legacy of Haiti

Collection:
Black Caribbean Literature (BCL)
Contributor:
Puente,Lindsay Rae (Author)
Format:
Dissertation/Thesis
Publication Date:
2010
URL:
http://search.proquest.com/docview/649120088/fulltextPDF/FF189A9A1E684957PQ/1?accountid=14553
Published:
California: University of California, Irvine
Location:
African American Research Center, Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject Term:
Caribbean area, History, Blacks, Literature, Haiti, Slavery, African diaspora, Postcolonialism, Historical fiction, Revolution (Haiti : 1791-1804)
Notes:
227 p., Considers the often-silenced, tangible traces that the Haitian Revolution and radical anti-slavery have left in the greater Caribbean as they emerge in contemporary cultural productions. The author looks at national trends in the Dominican Republic, Cuba and Jamaica in order to formulate an understanding of the uses of gendered images of slavery and blackness in modern nation-building campaigns. Critically assesses what is left out of these narratives and how these gaps serve specific purposes. Argues for the centrality of the Caribbean in any true understanding of the history of modernity and the contemporary nation-state by investigating the after-shocks of the Haitian Revolution and of radical anti-slavery.