Australian Journal of French Studies

Port-au-Prince as Microcosm of the Americas: Américanité Meets Haitianisation in Dany Laferrière's La Chair du maître

Australian Journal of French Studies (2015), 52, (1), 65–72.

Abstract

This article examines how the dual notions of Americanness and Americanization construct the framework within which the linked stories within Dany Laferrière's La Chair du maître develop. This study posits that Port-au-Prince's role as main character and principal setting secures the Haitian capital's position as centre of the textual universe and, by extension, as centre of the Americas. However, despite the collection's textual creolisation, underscored by its abundance of domestic and foreign characters, heterogeneous popular cultural references, and related storylines that form the collection's backdrop, an undeniably Haitian specificity weaves through the universal Americannness that La Chair du maître suggests at first glance. This essay proposes that a Haitian form of Americanisation, or Haitianisation, manifests itself in various tales under the guise of sexual conquest and cultural domination, with the goal of inscribing Haitian influence within the context of a continental American culture.

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Hopwood, Stephanie