Migrant Revolutions: Haitian Literature, Globalization, and U.S. Imperialism by Valerie KaussenMigrant Revolutions: Haitian Literature, Globalization, and U.S. Imperialism by Valerie Kaussen

Migrant Revolutions: Haitian Literature, Globalization, and U.S. Imperialism

byValerie Kaussen

Paperback | June 18, 2008

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Migrant Revolutions: Haitian Literature, Globalization, and U.S. Imperialism interprets Haitian literature in a transnational context of anti-colonial_and anti-globalization_politics. Positing a materialist and historicized account of Haitian literary modernity, it traces the themes of slavery, labor migration, diaspora, and revolution in works by Jacques Roumain, Marie Chauvet, Edwidge Danticat, and others. Author Valerie Kaussen argues that the sociocultural effects of U.S. imperialism have renewed and expanded the relevance of the universal political ideals that informed Haiti's eighteenth-century slave revolt and war of decolonization. Finally, Migrant Revolutions defines Haitian literary modernity as located at the forefront of the struggles against transnational empire and global colonialism.
Valerie Kaussen is associate professor of French at the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Title:Migrant Revolutions: Haitian Literature, Globalization, and U.S. ImperialismFormat:PaperbackDimensions:262 pages, 9.05 × 6.08 × 0.76 inPublished:June 18, 2008Publisher:Lexington BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0739116371

ISBN - 13:9780739116371


Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction: Engaging Creolization and Postcolonial Theory Chapter 2 Chapter 1. Modernism, Migration and the US Occupation in EarlyIndigenisme Chapter 3 Chapter 2. The Market in Bodies and Souls: Transnational Labor and the Haitian Revolution in Maurice Casseus'sViejo Chapter 4 Chapter 3. Slaves,Viejos and theInternationale: the Marxist novels of Jacques Roumain and Jacques-Stephen Alexis Chapter 5 Chapter 4. Decolonization, Revolution, and Postmodernity in Marie Chauvet's "Amour" Chapter 6 Chapter 5. Revealing is Healing: The Memory of Collective Politics in Edwidge Danticat'sThe Dew Breaker andThe Farming of Bones Chapter 7 Conclusion

Editorial Reviews

Inspired by the reevaluation of the Haitian Revolution as central to the project of modernity in the Americas, Migrant Revolutions treats writing after the U.S. intervention as a continuation of the revolutionary ideals of 1804. Kaussen perceptively constructs modern Haitian narratives as essentially urban ethnographies and fictions of displacement provoked by the disruptive effect of U.S. imperialism. Her rereading of Jacques Roumain, Marie Chauvet and Edwidge Danticat will certainly have a great impact on the field of Caribbean and francophone studies.