Abstract

In this essay I argue that Haitian-American artists Edwidge Danticat and Wyclef Jean employ Carnival symbolism to explore the practices and politics of belonging in "global" cities. While meditating on the cultural and social dynamism produced by transnationalism, they resist the impulse to idealize its effects. In song and nonfi ctional narrative, they refl ect also on the ways that historical and structural violence shape the lives of Haitian migrants in creolized cities.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1529-1456
Print ISSN
0162-4962
Pages
pp. 360-374
Launched on MUSE
2012-12-05
Open Access
No
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