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Haiti and the United States

National Stereotypes and the Literary Imagination

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Haiti and the United States by J.Michael Dash
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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 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.
Release date NZ
December 11th, 1996
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Edition
2nd ed. 1997
Illustrations
XVII, 182 p.
Imprint
Palgrave Macmillan
Pages
182
Dimensions
140x216x19
ISBN-13
9780333680179
Product ID
1861728

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