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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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“Black” Son, “White” Father: The Tragic “Mulatto/a” and the Haitian Revolution in Victor Séjour’s ‘Le Mulâtre’

“Black” Son, “White” Father: The Tragic “Mulatto/a” and the Haitian Revolution in Victor Séjour’s ‘Le Mulâtre’

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(p.345) Chapter Seven “Black” Son, “White” Father: The Tragic “Mulatto/a” and the Haitian Revolution in Victor Séjour’s ‘Le Mulâtre’
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Tropics of Haiti
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Marlene L. Daut

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781781381847.003.0008

Examines the Louisiana-born Victor Séjour’s short story, ‘Le Mulâtre’ (1837), as a primary example of the ways in which debates over the effects of “racial mixing” were mediated simultaneously through the image of the tragic “mulatto/a” and the Haitian Revolution. Rather than celebrating the desire of the slaves to achieve freedom at any cost, Séjour’s narrative laments the psychosocial consequences of such a parricidal revolution, suggesting that slavery and “miscegenation” were ultimately responsible for the corruption, degradation, and eventual destruction of the family.

Keywords:   Séjour, Tragic Mulatto/a, Interracial family, Parricide, Slave Rebellion, Faulkner

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