From Sugar to Revolution

From Sugar to Revolution

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Sovereignty. Sugar. Revolution. These are the three axes this book uses to link the works of contemporary women artists from Haitia€”a country excluded in contemporary Latin American and Caribbean literary studiesa€”the Dominican Republic, and Cuba. In From Sugar to Revolution: Womena€™s Visions of Haiti, Cuba, and the Dominican Republic, Myriam Chancy aims to show that Haitia€™s exclusion is grounded in its historical role as a site of ontological defiance. Her premise is that writers Edwidge Danticat, Julia Alvarez, ZoAc ValdAcs, Loida Maritza PAcrez, Marilyn Bobes, Achy Obejas, Nancy MorejA³n, and visual artist Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons attempt to defy fears of a€œothernessa€ by assuming the role of a€œarchaeologists of amnesia.a€ They seek to elucidate womena€™s variegated lives within the confining walls of their national identificationsa€”identifications wholly defined as male. They reach beyond the confining limits of national borders to discuss gender, race, sexuality, and class in ways that render possible the linking of all three nations. Nations such as Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and Cuba are still locked in battles over self-determination, but, as Chancy demonstrates, womena€™s gendered revisionings may open doors to less exclusionary imaginings of social and political realities for Caribbean people in general.And then I had my early educationa€”to answer the second part ofyour questiona€”I started to study there, in La Vega, and I think that I attended from first grade to third grade in the former school in the town, and then I moved for third grade toanbsp;...

Title:From Sugar to Revolution
Author:Myriam J.A. Chancy
Publisher:Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press - 2012-07-30


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