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Racialized Visions
Haiti and the Hispanic Caribbean
Racialized Visions
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Vanessa K. Valdés - Editor
SUNY series, Afro-Latinx Futures
Price: $95.00 
Hardcover - 292 pages
Release Date: December 2020
ISBN10: N/A
ISBN13: 978-1-4384-8103-6

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Paperback - 292 pages
Release Date: July 2021
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ISBN13: 978-1-4384-8104-3

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The first volume in English to explore the cultural impact of Haiti on the surrounding Spanish-speaking nations of Cuba, the Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico.

As a Francophone nation, Haiti is seldom studied in conjunction with its Spanish-speaking Caribbean neighbors. Racialized Visions challenges the notion that linguistic difference has kept the populations of these countries apart, instead highlighting ongoing exchanges between their writers, artists, and thinkers. Centering Haiti in this conversation also makes explicit the role that race—and, more specifically, anti-blackness—has played both in the region and in academic studies of it. Following the Revolution and Independence in 1804, Haiti was conflated with blackness. Spanish colonial powers used racist representations of Haiti to threaten their holdings in the Atlantic Ocean. In the years since, white elites in Cuba, the Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico upheld Haiti as a symbol of barbarism and savagery. Racialized Visions powerfully refutes this symbolism. Across twelve essays, contributors demonstrate how cultural producers in these countries have resignified Haiti to mean liberation. An introduction and conclusion by the editor, Vanessa K. Valdés, as well as foreword by Myriam J. A. Chancy, provide valuable historical context and an overview of Afro-Latinx studies and its futures.

"An essential intervention, Racialized Visions offers new optics to reading and studying Haiti in conversation with the Dominican Republic, Cuba, and Puerto Rico. These essays not only point to otherwise overlooked moments of solidarity and sociality across time and place, but also underscore the pedagogical and academic labor required to think through these relationships outside of their constructed differences. In doing this labor, Racialized Visions intimately connects shared traumas and memories of Haiti and the Hispanic Caribbean and navigates their mutual histories that bring these people together. Taking a new look at the literary production of this sector of the Caribbean continuum, this work brings revitalizing importance to the memory of the Haitian Revolution and the ripples and vibrations of Black liberation that have been felt since." — Chasqui

"Racialized Visions analyzes a variety of literary works but also political diplomacy, monuments, and other discourses, in a tightly organized and energetic volume that offers a well-developed, and vital, theme: systematic analyses of the meaning of Haiti in the Spanish-speaking Caribbean. The book coheres wonderfully around this motif and offers many entrées into the question of the significance of Haiti." — Anne Eller, author of We Dream Together: Dominican Independence, Haiti, and the Fight for Caribbean Freedom

"This is a timely, well-conceived, and important contribution to the growing efforts by scholars, activists, and artists in the United States to think across and work through disciplinary, linguistic, and historical boundaries that have traditionally separated the study of Haiti from the rest of the Caribbean, particularly the Spanish-speaking Caribbean." — April J. Mayes, author of The Mulatto Republic: Class, Race, and Dominican National Identity

Vanessa K. Valdés is Director of the Black Studies Program and Professor of Spanish and Portuguese at the City College of New York, City University of New York. Her books include Diasporic Blackness: The Life and Times of Arturo Alfonso Schomburg, also published by SUNY Press.



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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments

Foreword
Myriam J. A. Chancy

Introduction: Centering Haiti in Hispanic Caribbean Studies
Vanessa K. Valdés

1. The Border of Hispaniola in Historical and Fictional Imaginations since 1791: Redemption and Betrayals
Claudy Delné

2. “The Road of Social Progress”: Revolutions and Resistance in the 1936 Lectures of Dantès Bellegarde
Vanessa K. Valdés

3. The Dictator’s Scapegoat: Emilio Rodríguez Demorizi’s Invasiones haitianas de 1801, 1805 y 1822
Carrie Gibson

4. Mucho Woulo: Black Freedom and The Kingdom of This World
Natalie Marie Léger

5. The Haitian Revolution and Tomás Gutiérrez Alea’s La última cena (The Last Supper, 1976)
Philip Kaisary

6. Haiti: Jesús Cos Causse’s Prelude to the Caribbean
Erika V. Serrato

7. “But the Captain Is Haitian”: Issues of Recognition within Ana Lydia Vega’s “Encancaranublado”
Mariana Past

8. Haitian and Dominican Resistance: A Study of the Symptom in Edwidge Danticat’s The Farming of Bones
Ángela Castro

9. “The Black Plague from the West”: Haiti in Roberto Marcallé Abreu’s Dystopia
Ramón Antonio Victoriano-Martínez

10. “And Then the Canes Shrieked”: Haitianism and Memory in Junot Díaz’s The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
Mohwanah Fetus

11. Haiti and the Dominican Republic: Teaching about the Un/Friendly Neighbors of Hispaniola
Cécile Accilien

Concluding Thoughts: Afro-Latinx Futures
Vanessa K. Valdés

Timeline: Pertinent Events in the Greater Antilles Cuba, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico

Contributors
Index


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