Exile and Post-1946 Haitian Literature

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Exile and Post-1946 Haitian Literature

Alexis, Depestre, Ollivier, Laferrière, Danticat

Contemporary French and Francophone Cultures, 7


August 1st, 2012



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Exile and Post-1946 Haitian Literature reinterprets and analyses post-1946 Haitian writing as a literature of exile. It moves between texts that have emerged out of different places and different times, and outlines generational shifts and changes in Haitian exiled writing. The breadth and scope of this book will attract scholars and students with interests in fields such as Caribbean studies, postcolonial studies, francophone studies, migration studies, and African–American studies.

The most sophisticated and up-to-date study of contemporary and recent Haitian literature ... theoretical insights are matched by his excellent close readings of the major authors. Munro’s book should make a significant contribution to postcolonial theory. It will challenge triumphalist celebrations of displacement and exile that have misread the Caribbean as a congeries of post-modern islands.
A. James Arnold


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

Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Title Page3
Introduction: Inhabiting Haiti9
1: Jacques-Stephen Alexis. Janus in Limbo: Urbanization, Exoticism, and Creolization46
2: René Depestre Internal Exiles and Exotic Longings88
3: Émile Ollivier Passing Through149
4: Dany Laferrière Master of the New186
5: Edwidge Danticat Home Is Where the Hurt Is214
Conclusion: The Missing People: Theorizing Haitian and Caribbean Exiles257