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Rituals of History

Joan Dayan

in Haiti, History, and the Gods

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 1996 | ISBN: 9780520089006
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520920965 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520089006.003.0001
Rituals of History

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This chapter examines how Haiti functioned as the necessary element in early historical constructions. It evaluates how the two-sided nature of Haiti as alternately Black France and African Antilles helped delineate Western constructions of civilization and savagery. The chapter suggests that the business of being Haitian was more complex than most writerly representations of Haiti ever allowed, and also explains that the events in France have long been fixtures in Haiti's own political or literary storytelling.

Keywords: Haiti; historical constructions; Black France; African Antilles; civilization; savagery; literary storytelling

Chapter.  24446 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social and Cultural Anthropology

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