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By Joan Dayan

ISBN-10: 0520089006

ISBN-13: 9780520089006

ISBN-10: 0520213688

ISBN-13: 9780520213685

In Haiti, heritage, and the Gods, Joan Dayan charts the cultural mind's eye of Haiti not just via reconstructing the island's background yet by way of highlighting ambiguities and complexities which have been overlooked. She investigates the confrontational area during which Haiti is created and recreated in fiction and truth, textual content and formality, discourse and perform. Dayan's bold undertaking is a learn journey de strength that offers human dimensions to this eighteenth-century French colony and offers a template for realizing the Haiti of today.

In reading the advanced social textile of French Saint-Domingue, which in 1804 turned Haiti, Dayan uncovers a silenced, submerged prior. rather than hoping on conventional resources to reconstruct Haitian historical past, she makes use of a startling variety of voices that experience formerly been unheard. a few of the fabrics recovered here—overlooked or repressed old texts, felony records, non secular works, mystery memoirs, letters, and literary fictions—have by no means been translated into English. Others, akin to Marie Vieux Chauvet's radical novel of vodou, Fonds des Nègres, are seldom used as ancient sources.

Dayan additionally argues provocatively for the honor of either vodou rituals and narrative fiction as repositories of background. Her scholarship is enriched through the insights she has gleaned from conversations and reports in the course of her many journeys to Haiti over the last two decades. Taken jointly, the fabric offered in Haiti, background, and the Gods not just restores a misplaced bankruptcy of Haitian background yet indicates helpful revisions to the accredited histories of the hot World.

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