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Tropics of HaitiRace and the Literary History of the Haitian Revolution in the Atlantic World, 1789-1865$
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Marlene L. Daut

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781781381847

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781781381847.001.0001

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‘Let us be Humane after the Victory’: Pierre Faubert’s ‘New Humanism’

‘Let us be Humane after the Victory’: Pierre Faubert’s ‘New Humanism’

(p.568) Chapter Twelve ‘Let us be Humane after the Victory’: Pierre Faubert’s ‘New Humanism’
Tropics of Haiti

Marlene L. Daut

Liverpool University Press

In order to show what we readers miss when their readings of nineteenth-century literary texts are circumscribed by an a priori idea about what is contained therein based on the author’s skin color or “race,” the author examines Pierre Faubert’s Ogé, ou le préjugé de couleur (1841/1856). This play is offered as a prime example of how the trope of the “colored historian” has led to an obfuscation of Faubert’s much more important contribution to what is now called critical race theory, on the one hand, and, on the other, his position as one of the first writers in what the author calls a tradition of Black Atlantic Humanism that emanated from nineteenth-century Haitian authors.

Keywords:   Faubert, Black Atlantic, Humanism, U.S. Slavery, Stowe, Schoelcher, Colored Historian, Haitian Revolution, American Exceptionalism, Haitian Exceptionalism

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