Haiti Rising

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Haiti Rising

Haitian History, Culture and the Earthquake of 2010


October 25th, 2010





The earthquake that struck Haiti on January 12, 2010 thrust the nation into the public consciousness as never before. That terrible event piqued interest in a remarkable country with a rich history as both the first black republic in the world and the first country to break free of European imperialism in Latin America. Haiti Rising brings together more than 20 of the most prominent authorities on Haiti in to provide both a historical and cultural introduction to Haiti and a chance for earthquake survivors to testify to their experiences. Ranging widely across politics, society, history, art and culture, contributors such as Maryse Condé, Yanick Lahens, Evelyne Trouillot, J. Michael Dash and Laurent Dubois illuminate this most extraordinary of countries and the tragedy that befell it in 2010. Haiti Rising will stand as a written document of this cataclysmic event in Haitian history and as a monument to the experiences of those who were in Haiti at the time of the earthquake. It is vital reading for anyone who wants to find out more about Haiti, and the prospects for its future. All royalties from the book will be donated to the Haitian Art Relief Fund.

This collection, which benefits will be paid to the Fund of Soutien of the Haitian Art Haitian Art Relief Fund (p. 2), undoubtedly remains a rare book which gives the possibility to hear, read and see the words back to the dignity of a country whose history, humanity, cultural generosity, human and literary wealth us outside more often and are rarely considered in itself as worthy of interest.

Études Littéraires africaines

This slim volume paints a valuable portrait of Haiti’s striking past and its painful present, its varying perspectives embodying and conveying a message of hope.

French Studies, vol 66, no 2

Author Information

Martin Munro is Eminent Scholar and Winthrop-King Professor of French and Francophone Studies. He is Director of the Winthrop-King Institute for Contemporary French and Francophone Studies at Florida State University. His previous publications include Tropical Apocalypse: Haiti and the Caribbean End Times (University of Virginia Press, 2015); Writing on the Fault Line: Haitian Literature and the Earthquake of 2010 (Liverpool University Press, 2014); Different Drummers: Rhythm and Race in the Americas (University of California Press, 2010); and Exile and Post-1946 Haitian Literature: Alexis, Depestre, Ollivier, Laferrière, Danticat (Liverpool University Press, 2007).

Table of Contents

Section TitlePage
Introduction: Fall and Rise
Martin Munro
Part i: Survivor Testimonies
1 Haiti, or the Health of Misery Yanick Lahens
2 Manman, Pa kite yo koupe janm mwen! Mommy, don’t let them cut my leg! Marlène Rigaud Apollon
3 Salvaging - Laura Wagner
4 When There Is No Echo - Jason Herbeck 
5 Finding the Words - Michel Le Bris
6 Point of View - Thomas C. Spear
7 Dead-end in Port-au-Prince - Raoul Peck 8 Helping Haiti – Helping Ourselves - Nadève Ménard
9 Eternity Lasted Less than Sixty Seconds … Evelyne Trouillot
Part ii: Politics, Culture, and Society
10 Rising from the Ruins: Haiti in Two Hundred Years - J. Michael Dash
11 Religion in Post-earthquake Haiti - Leslie G. Desmangles and Elizabeth McAlister
12 Shaken Ground, Strong Foundations: Honoring the Legacy of Haitian Feminism after the Earthquake - Régine Michelle Jean-Charles
13 Art, Artists, and the Shaking of the Foundations - LeGrace Benson
14 From the Rubble to the Telethon: Music, Religion, and the Haiti Quake - Elizabeth McAlister
15 The Writing of Disaster in Haiti: Signifying Cataclysm from Slave Revolution to Earthquake - Deborah Jenson Part iii: History
16 The Legacies of Pre-revolutionary Saint-Domingue - John D. Garrigus
17 Reckoning in Haiti: The State and Society since the Revolution - Jean Casimir and Laurent Dubois
18 Uprisings, Insurrections, and Political Movements: Contemporary Haiti and the Teachings of History, 1957–2010 Patrick Bellegarde-Smith
Part iv: Haiti and Me
19. Haïti - Chérie Maryse Condé
20 7.0 On the Horror Scale: Notes on the Haitian Earthquake - Beverly Bell
21 Art in the Time of Catastrophe - Madison Smartt Bell
22 What Is This Earthquake For? - Bill Drummond
23 Took my heart to a Vodou priest, I said, “What can you do Papa? It’s all screwed up…” Leah Gordon
24 Port-au-Prince, I Love You - Matthew J. Smith