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From Sugar to Revolution

Women's Visions of Haiti, Cuba, and the Dominican Republic

Myriam J.A. Chancy

Publication Year: 2012

Published by: Wilfrid Laurier University Press


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pp. vii-viii

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Preface: The Stories We Cannot Tell

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pp. ix-xxxiv

The genesis of this study took place in a moment of reflection when, putting down one historically based novel (The Farming of Bones by Edwidge Danticat) and picking up another (In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez), I realized that a method of recomposition I had utilized to make sense of Caribbean women’s lives, ...

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Introduction: ¿Y donde esta tu abuela?: On the Respective Racial (Mis)Identifications of Haiti, Cuba, and the Dominican Republic in the Context of Latin America and the Caribbean

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pp. 1-50

Decades ago, political scientists working in the geographies of Latin America, and specifically on the Spanish Caribbean, did not shy away from including the nation of Haiti in their discussions. It was simply taken as fact that Haiti’s history of insurrection, its early sovereignty at a time when most of the Americas was still trying to figure out ...

Part I: Sugar: Haiti

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Facing the Mountains: Dominican Suppression and the Haitian Imaginary in the Works of Julia Alvarez and Edwidge Danticat

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pp. 53-108

Within the Americas, perhaps no transnational relationship is more vexed than that of Haiti and the Dominican Republic. In an age of transnationalism, when the term “transnational” normally refers to the extensive economic and cultural exchanges between and among nation-states as a result of forced and chosen displacements ...

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Recovering History “Bone by Bone”: A Conversation with Edwidge Danticat

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pp. 109-130

In the following interview conducted in the fall of 2000, Edwidge Danticat speaks of the parallels between the Haitian genocide and the Jewish Holocaust in terms of the need to provide testimony for the departed. Our conversation began with a fortuitous error on my part concerning the award garnered by The Farming of Bones in 1999, ...

Part II: Sovereignty: Cuba

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Travesía: Crossings of Sovereignty, Sexuality, and Race in the Cuban Female Imaginaries of Zoé Valdés, Nancy Moréjon, and María Magdalena Campos-Pons

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pp. 133-204

Travesía, the Spanish word for “crossing,” stands in the work of María Magdalena Campos-Pons as a tautology by which the multiple realities of displacement, alteration, alienation, commerce, and tragedy are invoked as a consequence of the Middle Passage and slave trade.1 ...

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Recovering Origins: A Conversation with María Magdalena Campos-Pons

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pp. 205-224

María Magdalena Campos-Pons is a Cuban artist currently working in the United States. Since assuming primary residence in the U.S., Campos-Pons’s work has received increasing attention, but it is clear from the reviews of her multi-media art installations that her work lay somewhere beyond the easily categorizable in a world where even art ...

Part III: Revolution: The Dominican Republic

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Subversive Sexualities: Marilyn Bobes, Achy Obejas, and Loida Maritza Pérez on Revolutionizing Gendered Identities Against Cuban and Dominican Landscapes

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pp. 227-270

The panhandle state, Florida, is often considered an outpost of the Caribbean because of the number of immigrants and exiles from the region who have landed on her shores, not only in Miami at its most southern tip, the most “Caribbean” of American cities but also via relocations throughout the state. ...

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The Heart of Home: A Conversation with Loida Maritza Pérez

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pp. 271-294

In this interview conducted in March 2001, a year after the initial publication of Geographies of Home and thus at the height of the novel’s dissemination and discussion among scholars, Loida Maritza Pérez reveals that she is most interested in raising questions rather than positing facile solutions ...

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Conclusion: Non progredi regredi est: The Making of Transformative Visions

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pp. 295-302

Post-colonial studies have provided us with a critical language to address the problem of the other.1 Edward Said, in his landmark text Orientalism, contributed significantly to this discourse by advancing a critique of systems of thought that ruptured the world into two: Occident versus Orient. ...

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pp. 303-306

Unlike most of my previous academic work, which was produced in very compressed periods of time, this book was developed over a ten-year span and during two very distinct periods of my professional life. As such, it has been a journey as well as a collaborative process through the exchange of ideas with colleagues, students, ...


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pp. 307-330

Works Cited

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pp. 331-344


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pp. 345-358

E-ISBN-13: 9781554584291
E-ISBN-10: 1554584299
Print-ISBN-13: 9781554584284
Print-ISBN-10: 1554584280

Publication Year: 2012

OCLC Number: 751635640
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  • Women and literature--Caribbean Area.
  • Haitian literature--Women authors--History and criticism.
  • Dominican literature--Women authors--History and criticism.
  • Cuban literature--Women authors--History and criticism.
  • Women artists--Caribbean Area.
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