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Caribbean CritiqueAntillean Critical Theory from Toussaint to Glissant$
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Nick Nesbitt

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781846318665

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781846318665.001.0001

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The Baron de Vastey and the Contradictions of Scribal Critique

The Baron de Vastey and the Contradictions of Scribal Critique

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(p.173) CHAPTER SEVEN The Baron de Vastey and the Contradictions of Scribal Critique
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Caribbean Critique
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Nick Nesbit

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781846318665.003.0008

Analyzes the contradictions informing the writings of Vastey, arguing that these arise primarily from the contradictions of Haiti itself, in the years following its creation in 1804. In these decades, Haiti was the sole bastion of antislavery and emancipation in an Atlantic world dominated by slave economies in the first half of the nineteenth century. Vastey is forced to balance between the affirmation of Haiti's rightful existence in the face of the very real and repeated threat of its recolonization and the reimposition of slavery.

Keywords:   Vastey, Haiti, Henry Christophe

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