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Lòt Bò Dlo

Jana Evans Braziel

in Duvalier's Ghosts

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9780813034577
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038247 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813034577.003.0003
Lòt Bò Dlo

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Migration for Haitians did not only mean escape from poverty, political persecution, hunger, and militaristic violence, it also meant death for many migrants. Lòt bò dlo, a Kreyòl phrase, stands for both promise and peril, hope and despair. This chapter examines a persistent theme in Haitian diasporic literary texts—a theme which describes Haitian migrants' plight. Many literary texts by Haitian American writers bring into the picture different stories describing the interconnectedness of the dyaspora and homeland, the relationship between those who migrated and those who remained. The chapter also conceives of the meanings of a particular proverb as exposed by different ideas about migration, place, and movement, which is also expressed in other native proverbs and folktales.

Keywords: migration; Haitians; Lòt bò dlo; dyaspora; literary texts; militaristic violence

Chapter.  10950 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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