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Another great course in comparative literature

You would study El reino de este mundo, Changó, el gran putas (which is also about the Haitian revolution but by an actual Afro-Latin author), and Haitian material, and Louisiana material on Mackandal.

(I wish I could teach classes like that. A colleague said: “I am glad this is my retirement job, because if it were my career, it would fail, as one cannot get ahead here.”)

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Des articles, des livres

Rereading the literate Andean past. Then, Manigot on Haiti:

Library shelves sag under the weight of books on Haiti, old and new. Many were written by Haitians in the nineteenth century. They are exceptional studies challenging racism, but they also probe and dissect with honesty and candor the causes of Haiti’s repeated failures at sustained development and good governance. Few areas were left unstudied: French colonial slavery and the demand for reparations, European and American racism, domestic failures to plumb the island’s “culture of poverty,” ecological devastation, and endemic corruption. Haitian elites, of whatever color and class, never seem to stop searching for solutions. Foreigners have also contributed well-documented tomes on the island’s labyrinthine economy and politics.

There is really interesting commentary on C. L. R. James and Laurent Dubois in that piece.  (I am clearing shelves, and I had kept the paper issue of a journal for these few pages.)

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