Haiti Rising

Haitian History, Culture and the Earthquake of 2010

Edited by Martin Munro

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ISBN: 9781846314988

Publication: October 25, 2010

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The earthquake that struck Haiti on January 12, 2010 thrust the nation into the public consciousness as never before. That terrible event piqued interest in a remarkable country with a rich history as both the first black republic in the world and the first country to break free of European imperialism in Latin America. Haiti Rising brings together more than 20 of the most prominent authorities on Haiti in to provide both a historical and cultural introduction to Haiti and a chance for earthquake survivors to testify to their experiences. Ranging widely across politics, society, history, art and culture, contributors such as Maryse Condé, Yanick Lahens, Evelyne Trouillot, J. Michael Dash and Laurent Dubois illuminate this most extraordinary of countries and the tragedy that befell it in 2010. Haiti Rising will stand as a written document of this cataclysmic event in Haitian history and as a monument to the experiences of those who were in Haiti at the time of the earthquake. It is vital reading for anyone who wants to find out more about Haiti, and the prospects for its future. All royalties from the book will be donated to the Haitian Art Relief Fund.

Martin Munro is Professor of French and Francophone Studies at Florida State University, and the author of Different Drummers: Rhythm and Race in the Americas (University of California Press, 2010); Exile and Post-1946 Haitian Literature: Alexis, Depestre, Ollivier, Laferrière, Danticat (Liverpool University Press, 2007); and editor of Haiti Rising: Haitian History, Culture and the Earthquake of 2010 (Liverpool University Press, 2010).

Introduction: Fall and Rise Martin Munro Part i: Survivor Testimonies 1 Haiti, or the Health of Misery Yanick Lahens 2 Manman, Pa kite yo koupe janm mwen! Mommy, don’t let them cut my leg! Marlène Rigaud Apollon 3 Salvaging - Laura Wagner 4 When There Is No Echo - Jason Herbeck 5 Finding the Words - Michel Le Bris 6 Point of View - Thomas C. Spear 7 Dead-end in Port-au-Prince - Raoul Peck 8 Helping Haiti – Helping Ourselves - Nadève Ménard 9 Eternity Lasted Less than Sixty Seconds … Evelyne Trouillot Part ii: Politics, Culture, and Society 10 Rising from the Ruins: Haiti in Two Hundred Years - J. Michael Dash 11 Religion in Post-earthquake Haiti - Leslie G. Desmangles and Elizabeth McAlister 12 Shaken Ground, Strong Foundations: Honoring the Legacy of Haitian Feminism after the Earthquake - Régine Michelle Jean-Charles 13 Art, Artists, and the Shaking of the Foundations - LeGrace Benson 14 From the Rubble to the Telethon: Music, Religion, and the Haiti Quake - Elizabeth McAlister 15 The Writing of Disaster in Haiti: Signifying Cataclysm from Slave Revolution to Earthquake - Deborah Jenson Part iii: History 16 The Legacies of Pre-revolutionary Saint-Domingue - John D. Garrigus 17 Reckoning in Haiti: The State and Society since the Revolution - Jean Casimir and Laurent Dubois 18 Uprisings, Insurrections, and Political Movements: Contemporary Haiti and the Teachings of History, 1957–2010 Patrick Bellegarde-Smith Part iv: Haiti and Me 19. Haïti - Chérie Maryse Condé 20 7.0 On the Horror Scale: Notes on the Haitian Earthquake - Beverly Bell 21 Art in the Time of Catastrophe - Madison Smartt Bell 22 What Is This Earthquake For? - Bill Drummond 23 Took my heart to a Vodou priest, I said, “What can you do Papa? It’s all screwed up…” Leah Gordon 24 Port-au-Prince, I Love You - Matthew J. Smith Contributors

This slim volume paints a valuable portrait of Haiti’s striking past and its painful present, its varying perspectives embodying and conveying a message of hope.
  French Studies, vol 66, no 2

This collection, which benefits will be paid to the Fund of Soutien of the Haitian Art Haitian Art Relief Fund (p. 2), undoubtedly remains a rare book which gives the possibility to hear, read and see the words back to the dignity of a country whose history, humanity, cultural generosity, human and literary wealth us outside more often and are rarely considered in itself as worthy of interest.
  Études Littéraires africaines

Format: Paperback

Size: 234 x 156 mm

200 Pages

ISBN: 9781846314988

Publication: October 25, 2010

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