The “Children of the Sea” Uncovering Images of the <i>Botpippel</i> Experience in Caribbean Art and Literature

Lizabeth Paravisini-Gebert and Martha Daisy Kelehan

in Displacements and Transformations in Caribbean Cultures

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print May 2008 | ISBN: 9780813032184
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038766 | DOI:
The “Children of the Sea” Uncovering Images of the Botpippel Experience in Caribbean Art and Literature

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This chapter discusses and tries to uncover multiple meanings and alternative historical accounts implicit in paintings and literature that depict the ordeals of the Haitian “boat people” in their trans-Caribbean crossings. It investigates how Haitian painters have developed an iconography to create history paintings that seek to synthesize onto canvas one of the salient experiences of Haitian history, and how these images are echoed in Caribbean literature.

Keywords: multiple meanings; historical accounts; paintings; literature; Haitian boat people; iconography; history paintings; Caribbean literature; Haitian history

Chapter.  11790 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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