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On the EdgeWriting the Border between Haiti and the Dominican Republic$
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Maria Cristina Fumagalli

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781781381601

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781781381601.001.0001

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Servants turned masters: Santo Domingo and the black revolt

Servants turned masters: Santo Domingo and the black revolt

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(p.107) Chapter Four Servants turned masters: Santo Domingo and the black revolt
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On the Edge
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Maria Cristina Fumagalli

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781781381601.003.0005

This chapter discusses Carlos Esteban Deive's historical novel Viento Negro, bosque del caimán (Black Wind, Bois Caiman, 2002), which deals with the slave revolt of 1791 and its consequences for the Spanish side. Deive chronicles Toussaint Louverture's entrance to Santo Domingo and his decision to immediately abolish slavery, recasting it as a fugitive but glorious moment in the shared history of Hispaniola. He reconstructs the effects of the rebellion on Santo Domingo and depicts the borderland as a site for rich cross-cultural exchange. In recasting of Hispaniola's past, Deive revisits dominant discourses related to the magical world of the island and to the representation of Vodou, one of the many manifestations of the process of creolisation which shaped the life and culture of the slaves. In the Dominican Republic, Vodou has long been associated exclusively with Haiti.

Keywords:   slave revolt of 1791, Carlos Esteban Deive, historical novel, Toussaint Louverture, Santo Domingo, slavery, Hispaniola, borderland, Vodou, slaves

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