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Now @ @chelseastieber presenting the afternoon session here at #MLA19 #AHA19 #Haiti #HHaiti w/ @wwJJDdo, Michael Reyes & Shanna Jean-Baptiste
@wwJJDdo starts w/ "Reading the Black Spartacus: Literature as Politics in the Haitian Revolution" takes us back to the mid-18th Century & Spartacus, tragédie by M. Saurin staged regularly in the 1790s #Haiti #HHaiti #AHA19 #MLA19
Voltaire's assessment of Spartacus's war, as an enslaved Roman, was seen as "la guerre la plus juste" –– lending the Spartacus in Abbé Raynal's Histoire des deux Indes a character apt for the West Indian anti-slavery cause #Haiti #HHaiti #MLA19 #AHA19
No copy of Laveaux's speech actually exists, but the rumor has it that he called Toussaint Louverture "le Spartacus noir," the Black Spartacus #Haiti #HHaiti #AHA19 #MLA19
@wwJJDdo citing Deborah Jenson's understanding of Toussaint Louverture's use of "spin" and @FictionsofHaiti's concept of "monstrous hybridity"; both published @LivUniPress Beyond the Slave Narrative & Tropis of Haiti are transformative works in the field #Haiti #HHaiti #MLA19
Now Michael Reyes talking abt Demesvar Delorme's Francesca, a novel from the 1870s –– while the novel stages European subjects & not Haitians it's worth asking "what Haitians stood to learn from the literary treatment of the period in the novel [the 1500s]"? #Haiti #HHaiti #MLA19
Reyes: Delorme's treatment of the medieval time period, ideas of modernity & European orientalist notions bears traces of postcolonial writing that would be later articulated more fully in the 20th century #Haiti #HHaiti #MLA19 #AHA19
Reyes: Delorme's attention to the printing press & the ushering in of 15th century modernity in Les Théoriciens au pouvoir (1870) show that the themes treated in Francesca two years later represent a Haitian modernizing project of sorts #Haiti #HHaiti #MLA19 #AHA19
"We must read Delorme again, if you take anything away from my talk today, let it be that." Reyes w/ a mic-drop #Haiti #HHaiti #AHA19 #MLA19
Now Shanna Jean-Baptiste "Writing the Fin de Siècle Nation: Haitian Identity in Fernand Hibbert's Les Thazar and "Le Mariage d'Otto," very excited about this!! cc: @mattjrobertshaw #Haiti #HHaiti #MLA19 #AHA19
Shanna Jean-Baptiste's paper illustrates how Haiti is at the center of internationalist culture and interests, and its fiction and historical writing reflect and engage with these ideas directly #Haiti #HHaiti #MLA19 #AHA19
@chelseastieber knocking down barriers in fields & disciplines, noting that the panels at #AHA19 & #MLA19 show that concerning #Haiti the separation between the two disciplines is largely arbitrary
@chelseastieber also points to the idea that Francophone postcolonial lit starts in 1790s; we need to go back to the texts, read them, & read aspects of performativity w/in the works themselves rather than editorialized descriptions in lit anthologies #Haiti #HHaiti #MLA19 #AHA19
@FictionsofHaiti asks "where does Francesca fit w/in a periodization or set of thematic concerns in the literary history of #Haiti?" #MLA19 #AHA19 #HHaiti
@RonAJohnson "where is Toussaint Louveture in relation to our literature?" What do we look to him for and how should he be understood? #HHaiti #Haiti #AHA19 #MLA19
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