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The Haiti ExceptionAnthropology and the Predicaments of Narrative$
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Alessandra Benedicty-Kokken, Jhon Picard Byron, Kaiama L. Glover, Mark Schuller, Mark Schuller, and Jhon Picard Byron

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781781382998

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781781382998.001.0001

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Dance, Haiti and Lariam Dreams

Dance, Haiti and Lariam Dreams

(p.110) Dance, Haiti and Lariam Dreams1
The Haiti Exception

Barbara Browning

Liverpool University Press

This chapter situates Katherine Dunham within the context of several important figures of the Afro- and U.S.-American dance world while reflecting on the role of Haiti in research in ways that resonate with the work of such dance figures. By placing Dunham alongside such figures as Ralph Lemon, Claude Lévi-Strauss, Maya Deren and André Breton, the chapter highlights the ‘obscenity’ and even ‘pathology’ that can infect the relationship of the U.S-American Self to the Haitian other. It also reveals the persistent and very similar ways in which Haiti has haunted the performing black body.

Keywords:   dance, Katherine Dunham, Haiti, Ralph Lemon, Claude Lévi-Strauss, Maya Deren, André Breton, obscenity, pathology, black body

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