Fictions of Haiti

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:
Fictions of Haiti

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This chapter analyzes the novels of Marie Chauvet to understand the social history of Haiti. Images of women, scenes of affectionate appropriation, and charades of love permeate the text of Chauvet's works. She wrote in order to refuse clarity, to attack assumptions of Haitian nationalism and historical identity, to knock down heroes, and to confront the embarrassing claims of color that plague Haitian society. The chapter also explores the ethnographic precision of Haitian novelists and explains that vodou, while often denounced as superstition, is anchored to the intelligible plot of Haitian nationalist thought.

Keywords: Marie Chauvet; novels; social history; Haiti; Haitian nationalism; historical identity; vodou

Chapter.  24883 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social and Cultural Anthropology

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