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On the Edge: Writing the Border between Haiti and the Dominican Republic

Fumagalli, Maria Cristina (2015) On the Edge: Writing the Border between Haiti and the Dominican Republic. American Tropics . Liverpool University Press. ISBN 9781781381601

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Abstract

This book is a literary and cultural history which brings to the fore a compelling but, so far, largely neglected body of work which has the politics of border-crossing as well as the poetics of borderland-dwelling on Hispaniola at its core. Over thirty fictional and non-fictional literary texts (novels, biographical narratives, memoirs, plays, poems, and travel writing), are given detailed attention alongside journalism, geo-political-historical accounts of the status quo on the island, and striking visual interventions (films, sculptures, paintings, photographs, videos and artistic performances), many of which are sustained and complemented by different forms of writing (newspaper cuttings, graffiti, captions, song lyrics, screenplay, tattoos). Dominican, Dominican-American, Haitian and Haitian-American writers and artists are put in dialogue with authors who were born in Europe, the rest of the Americas, Algeria, New Zealand, and Japan in order to illuminate some of the processes and histories that have woven and continue to weave the texture of the borderland and the complex web of border relations on the island. Particular attention is paid to the causes, unfolding, and immediate aftermath of the slave revolt of 1791, the massacre of Haitians and Haitian-Dominicans in the Dominican Northern borderland in 1937 as well as recent events and topical issues such as the earthquake of 2010, migration, and environmental degradation.

Item Type: Book
Additional Information: paperback published in 2018
Uncontrolled Keywords: Haitian literature, Dominican literature, 1700-2099, 1937, Dominican Republic-Haiti border, revolution, Haiti, massacre
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities > Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies, Department of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 26 Aug 2015 13:39
Last Modified: 11 Feb 2021 15:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/14712

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