Tropics of Haiti

Marlene L. Daut
Publication Date: 
Friday, January 9, 2015

Tropics of Haiti: Race and the Literary History of the Haitian Revolution in the Atlantic World, 1789-1865

  • First systematic and comparative literary-historical approach to the Haitian Revolution.
  • Deals with literatures written in several different languages (German, English, French, and Haitian Creole).
  • Looks at a variety of genres including, biography, history, fiction, poetry, plays, newspapers, diaries, and memoirs.
  • Refers to hundreds of works that the vast majority of students of the Haitian Revolution, and even most specialists, will never have even come across.
  • First examination of the effect of racial thinking (as influenced by racial science) on representations of the Haitian Revolution in the 19th century and its connection to racial thinking about Haiti in the 20th and now 21st centuries.

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