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Haiti and the United States : national stereotypes and the literary imagination

Author: J Michael Dash
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 1997.
Edition/Format:   Book : Conference publication : English : 2nd edView all editions and formats
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"Highly stimulating history of Haitian and US perceptions of each other as seen in each country's literature from 1850s-1990s. Dash sets these texts in political context and repeatedly demonstrates the narrow line between 'imaginative' and 'objective' descriptions of Haiti by US writers. This critical perspective, combined with the author's knowledge of 20th-century Haitian literature, makes this study a  Read more...
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Material Type: Conference publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: J Michael Dash
ISBN: 0312164904 9780312164904 0333680170 9780333680179 0333680189 9780333680186
OCLC Number: 35450513
Description: xvii, 182 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Through the eyes of the other: stereotypes of the nineteenth century --
Through the looking glass: textual politics and the American occupation --
Dreaming the same dream: Harlem, Haiti and racial solidarity --
Passionate apologists: Haiti and the United States in the post-occupation years --
The art of darkness: writing the Duvalier years --
Caribbean overtures --
Epilogue: the final frontier.
Responsibility: J. Michael Dash.

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This text examines the relations between Haiti and the United States through the literature of both countries. The West's mythification of Haiti is a strategy used to justify either ostracism or  Read more...

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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 Read more...

 
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