Le Cri des Oiseaux Fous

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:
Le Cri des Oiseaux Fous

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History has branded Haiti to be a state of militarism, rising violence, and bloodshed. These framings are the direct result of bad media reports about Haiti. These pictures of Haiti have surfaced in North American scholars' literary criticism as well as theoretical approaches to Haitian literature. This chapter presents an alternating theorization of terror as one which is transnationally informed and not nationally concluded as has been shown in Laferrière's novel Le cri des oiseaux fous. Contradicting Scharfman's argument that Haiti has been plagued by violence since the republic's inception, the chapter states that Haiti terror cannot be scrutinized without considering that international pressures have created violence in the country. The chapter also examines Laferrière's diaporic representations of terror in Le cri des oiseaux fous placing acts of terror within a transnational context.

Keywords: Haiti; militarism; rising violence; bloodshed; North American; Haitian literature; Laferrière; Le cri des oiseaux fous; diaporic representations; Scharfman

Chapter.  10482 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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