On the edge: border-crossing, borderland-dwelling, and the music of what happens
This book examines a range of literary works from Haiti and the Dominican Republic, putting them in dialogue with texts from the rest of the world which have had the border between the two countries at their core. Conceived as part of a project called American Tropics: Towards a Literary Geography, the book considers the politics of border-crossing and the poetics of borderland-dwelling. It also discusses the causes, unfolding, and immediate aftrmath of two events: the slave revolt of 1791 and the massacre of Haitians and Haitian–Dominicans in 1937. Finally, it analyses nineteenth-, twentieth- and twenty-first-century reimaginings of the encounter between the indigenous population and the Spanish colonizers in early sixteenth-century Hispaniola, along with contemporary works (mainly from the 1990s onwards) which grapple with recent events and topical issues such as the Haitian earthquake of 2010, unregulated migration, and environmental degradation.
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