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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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Introduction: The “Mulatto/a” Vengeance of ‘Haitian Exceptionalism’1

Introduction: The “Mulatto/a” Vengeance of ‘Haitian Exceptionalism’1

(p.1) Introduction: The “Mulatto/a” Vengeance of ‘Haitian Exceptionalism’1
Tropics of Haiti

Marlene L. Daut

Liverpool University Press

Argues that the literature of the Haitian Revolution demonstrates a dogged obsession with “mulatto/a” or other “mixed-race” beings, and more specifically, with understanding the initial revolt and subsequent rebellion as one of children of “color” against their “white” fathers, and not as an anti-slavery revolution led by predominately “negro” slaves. The majority of colonial European and U.S. American authors who referenced the Haitian Revolution in their writing before 1865 argued that these events were the result of a putative natural desire for vengeance on the part of people of color, or what the author calls a “mulatto/a vengeance narrative,” rather than a desire for liberty and equality, or what the author calls the “Enlightenment literacy narrative.”

Keywords:   Enlightenment, Affect, Anti-Slavery, Haitian Revolution, Tropology, Mulattoes, David Nicholls

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