Haiti and the United States : National Stereotypes and the Literary Imagination Paperback / softback
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.
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 182 pages, XVII, 182 p.
- Publisher: Palgrave USA
- Publication Date: 11/12/1996
- Category: Literary theory
- ISBN: 9780312164904
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