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Exile and Post-1946 Haitian LiteratureAlexis, Depestre, Ollivier, Laferriere, Danticat$
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Martin Munro

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9781846310799

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846313080

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Introduction: Inhabiting Haiti

Introduction: Inhabiting Haiti

(p.1) Introduction: Inhabiting Haiti
Exile and Post-1946 Haitian Literature
Liverpool University Press

This introductory chapter first sets out the book's purpose — to affirm and interpret exile as the master trope of Haitian culture, and explore the evolution of Haiti's exilic sensibility, drawing chiefly on literary texts from the post-1946 era, a period during which the movement of Haitians into exile has reached unprecedented proportions. It then considers the rhetoric of innocence, one of the aspects of the Caribbean experience of exile that is important in understanding how this experience continues to influence history, politics, and culture in the region and in Haiti in particular. The discussions also include the rehabilitation of Haiti in the Caribbean region; the impact of US occupation on the role of the writer and writing in Haiti; and the paradoxes and contradictions of the postoccupation era.

Keywords:   Haitian culture, exile, exilic sensibility, innocence, US occupation

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