Aborted States of Development?

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:
Aborted States of Development?

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A woman named Dédée Bazile, more popularly known as Défilée-la-Folle, became a revolutionary figure, and she is the focal point of this chapter. The first section of the chapter gives a historical sketch of Dédée Bazile to understand why she became Défilée-la-Folle. The second section places Défilée at the crossroads between history, memory, and myth prevalent in the Haitian literature. The final section studies Dédée Bazile and Défilée-la-Folle as crystallizations of memory forming a national reservoir consisting of meaning and myth. Défilée is examined as a national heroine whose philosophies are covered with political resistance, anti-imperialism, and patriotic reclamation. The chapter gives Dédée's biographical portrait in short sketches and explores the legendary figure Défilée-la-Folle.

Keywords: Dédée Bazile; revolutionary figure; Défilée-la-Folle; historical sketch; history; memory; myth; Haitian literature; national reservoir; political resistance; anti-imperialism; patriotic reclamation

Chapter.  12391 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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