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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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The dream of creating one people from two lands mixed together: 1937 and borderland Utopia

The dream of creating one people from two lands mixed together: 1937 and borderland Utopia

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(p.152) Chapter Six The dream of creating one people from two lands mixed together: 1937 and borderland Utopia
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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/9781781381601.003.0007

This chapter discusses four fictional recreations of the 1937 massacre written between 1955 and 2003 by writers who had not directly experienced the events: Marcio Veloz Maggiolo's El hombre del acordeón (2003); Jacques Stephen Alexis's ‘Of the Marvellous Realism of the Haitians’(1956) and Compère Général Soleil (1955); René Philoctète's Le peuple des terres mêlée (1989); and Edwidge Danticat's The Farming of Bones (1998). Three of the authors were born in Haiti, while one was born in the Dominican Republic. Despite their differences of origin, context, and approach, all four articulate a ‘concrete utopia’ in which they cast the borderland as ‘a goldmine of opportunities’.

Keywords:   fiction, massacre of 1937, Marcio Veloz Maggiolo, Jacques Stephen Alexis, René Philoctète, Edwidge Danticat, Haiti, Dominican Republic, borderland, utopia

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