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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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A geography of living flesh: bearing the unbearable

A geography of living flesh: bearing the unbearable

(p.195) Chapter Seven A geography of living flesh: bearing the unbearable
On the Edge

Maria Cristina Fumagalli

Liverpool University Press

This chapter discusses texts that document and elaborate upon the many different circumstances in which those living in the borderland were made ‘to bear the unbearable’, piecing together ‘a geography of living flesh’. These works range from journalism to fiction and from memoirs to travel writing by Dominican and Haitian as well as Japanese, English, and New Zealand authors. Some address the human and environmental costs of post-1937 modernisation, while others focus on the Dominicanized borderland and the model agricultural colonies as they were planned and envisaged ‘on paper’. These authors are Sergio Reyes, Kenzaburo Oe, Anthony Lespès, Jesús María Ramírez, Luis Vencedor Bello Mancebo, Bernard Diederich, and Graham Greene.

Keywords:   borderland, fiction, memoirs, travel writing, Haiti, modernisation, agricultural colonies, Sergio Reyes, Kenzaburo Oe, Anthony Lespès

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