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Beyond the Slave Narrative: Politics, Sex, and Manuscripts in the Haitian Revolution

Deborah Jenson

Abstract

The Haitian Revolution has generated responses from commentators in fields ranging from philosophy to historiography to twentieth-century literary and artistic studies. But what about the written work produced at the time, by Haitians? This book presents an account of a specifically Haitian literary tradition in the Revolutionary era. It shows the emergence of two strands of textual innovation, both evolving from the new revolutionary consciousness: the political texts produced by Haitian revolutionary leaders Toussaint Louverture and Jean-Jacques Dessalines; and popular Creole poetry from ano ... More

Keywords: Haitian literature, Haitian Revolution, political texts, Toussaint Louverture, Jean-Jacques Dessalines, Creole poetry, Afro-diasporic literature, authorial voice, print culture, cultural autonomy`

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9781846314971
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846316517

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Deborah Jenson, author