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Tropics of Haiti: Race and the Literary History of the Haitian Revolution in the Atlantic World, 1789-1865

Marlene L. Daut


The Haitian Revolution (1791–1804) was an event of monumental world-historical significance, and here, in the first systematic literary history of those events, Haiti's war of independence is examined through the eyes of its actual and imagined participants, observers, survivors, and cultural descendants. The 'transatlantic print culture' under discussion in this literary history reveals that enlightenment racial 'science' was the primary vehicle through which the Haitian Revolution was interpreted by nineteenth-century Haitians, Europeans, and U.S. Americans alike. Through its author's conten ... More

Keywords: Haitian Revolution, Mulattoes, Slavery, Abolition, Haitian independence, Caribbean Literature, French Revolution, Toussaint Louverture, Race, Enlightenment, Haitian exceptionalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9781781381847
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781781381847.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Marlene L. Daut, author
Claremont Graduate University

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