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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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Jacques-Stephen Alexis Janus in Limbo: Urbanization, Exoticism, and Creolization

Jacques-Stephen Alexis Janus in Limbo: Urbanization, Exoticism, and Creolization

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(p.38) Chapter One Jacques-Stephen Alexis Janus in Limbo: Urbanization, Exoticism, and Creolization
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Exile and Post-1946 Haitian Literature
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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846313080.002

This chapter explores the work of Jacques-Stephen Alexis. It interprets his works as hinges upon which twentieth-century Haitian fiction swings, and shows how there is simultaneously the inward pull of the past of indigenism, and also the draw of the future, unending, outward movement into migration and wandering. The following works are examined Les Arbres musiciens, Compére Général Soleil and L'Espace d'un cillement. The theme of exile in each of the novels splinters in multiple directions, and in tracing these irregular movements in each work, the chapter simultaneously marks out Alexis' movement from universal to particular experiences of exile, those that arise out of the unpredictable play between the place, time and circumstance of exile.

Keywords:   Jacques-Stephen Alexis, Haitian fiction, exile, indigenism, migration

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