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Writing on the Fault LineHaitian Literature and the Earthquake of 2010$
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Martin Munro

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781781381465

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781781381465.001.0001

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Going Public

Going Public

The Post-earthquake Essay

(p.22) Chapter One Going Public
Writing on the Fault Line

Martin Munro

Liverpool University Press

This chapter engages with the various essays and testimonials published by established Haitian authors in the period immediately following the earthquake. The chapter highlights the ethical and literary challenges facing Haitian authors, and considers the ways in which the Haitian earthquake made many major Haitian writers into public and international figures, newly engaged with and committed to the fate of the nation. Analyzing in particular essays and chronicles by Danticat, Laferrière, Saint-Éloi, Lahens, and Gary Victor, the chapter considers the points of divergence and convergence between them, focusing in particular on the authors’ differing ideas on the role of the intellectual, the worth of art in a time of disaster, and the difficulties of writing post-earthquake fiction.

Keywords:   Haitian authors, post earthquake fiction, Haitian earthquake, Danticat, Laferriere, Saint Eloi, Lahens, Gary Victor

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