Writing on the Fault Line
Haitian Literature and the Earthquake of 2010
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: Reading the Ruins 1. Going Public: The Post-earthquake Essay 2. Broken Bodies: Makenzy Orcel, Marvin Victor, and the New Haitian Novel 3. Broken Lands: Gary Victor, Kettly Mars, and Post-earthquake Fiction 4. Not Writing Disaster: The Earthquake as Non-event in the Haitian Novel 2010-2014 5. Writing the “Haitian Soul”: Post-earthquake Poetry Conclusion: New Lands Bibliography Index
This book also speaks broadly to the cultural, political, aesthetic, and historical importance of literature as a valid means of creating knowledge. It offers inspired, articulate reasons as to why Haitian literature, and fiction as a genre, provides invaluable testimony for better understanding countries and their people in difficult times.
- Jason Herbeck, French Review
Mary Gallagher L'Esprit Créateur
Writing on the Fault Line is a tour de force; the definitive statement on the effects of a devastating earthquake on Haiti’s literary production.
University of Glasgow
In the wake of Haiti's tragic 2010 earthquake, Dany Laferriere called for an imaginative rethinking of a new Haiti reborn from the disaster. In his thorough and perceptive survey of Haitian post-earthquake literature, Martin Munro examines the literary legacy of catastrophe. More than literary therapy, this new phase of Haitian writing emphasizes reconstruction as a subjective, human endeavor and engages with a changed view of Haitian space, collective values, tolerance and hospitality which are the key to Haiti’s recovery from this disaster. Writing on the Fault line is as timely as it is welcome.
J. Michael Dash
New York University
Size: 239 x 163 mm
Publication: December 31, 2014
Series: Contemporary French and Francophone Cultures 35