Post-Quake Haiti: Myths and Realities|
Fall 2012 not offered
Haiti has long been regarded as something of an oddity within the Caribbean. Branded the "nightmare republic" since it gained independence in 1804, in current popular imagination, it remains conceptually incarcerated as a "failed republic" incapable of self-governance, "the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere," and the birthplace of "voodoo." This course uses an interdisciplinary approach to deconstruct the myths and realities in these and other popular representations of Haiti. In so doing, it critically examines the continuing impact of the island's colonial history on the present. Particular attention will be paid to the January 12, 2010, earthquake, current conditions, and possible futures.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
Dandicat, Edwidge. 2007. Brother, I am Dying. New York: Knoft.
Dupuy, Alex. 2006. The Prophet and Power. New York: Rowman & Littlefield.
James, C. L. R. 1963.The Black Jacobins. New York: Vintage Press.
McAlister, Elizabeth. 2002. Rara: Vodou, Power and Performance in Haiti. Berkeley: University of California Press.
Philotecte, Rene. 2005. Massacre River. New York: New Directions Press.
Ernesto Sagas. 2000. Race and Politics in the Dominican Republic. University Press of Florida.
|Examination and Assignments: |
Weekly questions, three short papers, in-class presentation and a final exam