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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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Conclusion: The Missing People: Theorizing Haitian and Caribbean Exiles

Conclusion: The Missing People: Theorizing Haitian and Caribbean Exiles

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(p.249) Conclusion: The Missing People: Theorizing Haitian and Caribbean Exiles
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Exile and Post-1946 Haitian Literature
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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846313080.007

This chapter addresses the question of how Haitian exiles analyzed in this book relate to other contemporary narratives and theories of exile, both from the Caribbean and from the wider world. It discusses exile in European and North American theory followed by exile in Caribbean literature and theory. It argues that the various literary, political, philosophical and cultural changes in post-1946 Haitian writing that this book has analyzed can in many ways be traced back, and read as a counterpoint to the ideas and suppositions of Roumain's Gouverneurs de la rosée. In particular, that text places primary emphasis on ‘the people’, a collectivity seen as somehow inherent, divided for sure, but recoverable and always unquestionably there, immanent, at home. Haitian writing of the mid-twentieth century had a strong sense of the people, what they were, and how they should be represented. In literally grounding his work in the experience of the people, Roumain suggests strongly that it is from and in the people that Haitian literature will be invented, born, or, indeed, reborn.

Keywords:   Haitian exiles, Caribbean literature, Roumain, Gouverneurs de la rosée

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