Haiti, History, and the Gods

3.92 avg rating
( 39 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780520089006: Haiti, History, and the Gods

In Haiti, History, and the Gods, Joan Dayan charts the cultural imagination of Haiti not only by reconstructing the island's history but by highlighting ambiguities and complexities that have been ignored. She investigates the confrontational space in which Haiti is created and recreated in fiction and fact, text and ritual, discourse and practice. Dayan's ambitious project is a research tour de force that gives human dimensions to this eighteenth-century French colony and provides a template for understanding the Haiti of today.

In examining the complex social fabric of French Saint-Domingue, which in 1804 became Haiti, Dayan uncovers a silenced, submerged past. Instead of relying on familiar sources to reconstruct Haitian history, she uses a startling diversity of voices that have previously been unheard. Many of the materials recovered here—overlooked or repressed historical texts, legal documents, religious works, secret memoirs, letters, and literary fictions—have never been translated into English. Others, such as Marie Vieux Chauvet's radical novel of vodou, Fonds des Nègres, are seldom used as historical sources.

Dayan also argues provocatively for the consideration of both vodou rituals and narrative fiction as repositories of history. Her scholarship is enriched by the insights she has gleaned from conversations and experiences during her many trips to Haiti over the past twenty years. Taken together, the material presented in Haiti, History, and the Gods not only restores a lost chapter of Haitian history but suggests necessary revisions to the accepted histories of the New World.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

From the Inside Flap:

"By viewing Revolutionary-era Haiti through the lenses of gender and sexuality, Joan Dayan breathes life into an important slice of history."—Karen McCarthy Brown, author of Mama Lola

About the Author:

Joan Dayan, Professor of English at the University of Arizona, is the author of Fables of Mind: An Inquiry into Poe's Fiction (1987) and A Rainbow for the Christian West (1977).

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Dayan, Joan
Published by University of California Press
ISBN 10: 0520089006 ISBN 13: 9780520089006
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Cloud 9 Books
(Wellington, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description University of California Press. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 0520089006 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW7.0200231

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 74.95
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Dayan, Joan
Published by University of California Press (1996)
ISBN 10: 0520089006 ISBN 13: 9780520089006
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Media Neat
(Glenview, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description University of California Press, 1996. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Brand New, Gift condition.We Ship Every Day! Free Tracking Number Included! International Buyers Are Welcome! Satisfaction Guaranteed!. Bookseller Inventory # 2332828j

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 82.38
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Dayan, Joan
Published by University of California Press (1996)
ISBN 10: 0520089006 ISBN 13: 9780520089006
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Murray Media
(North Miami Beach, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description University of California Press, 1996. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110520089006

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 88.87
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 1.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds