Haiti and the United States: National Stereotypes and the Literary Imagination (Hardback)
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Haiti and the United States: National Stereotypes and the Literary Imagination (Hardback)

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Hardback 182 Pages / Published: 11/12/1996
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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.

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN: 9780333680179
Number of pages: 182
Weight: 410 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 19 mm
Edition: 2nd ed. 1997


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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

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