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The Haitian Peasantry through Oral and Written Literature
Roumain, Alexis, Endore, Carpentier and Fountain
Toni Pressley-Sanon
Book excerpt:
"As we see in the oral and written narratives discussed in this text, there are lessons
to be gleaned from the conveyance of words. In the stories of Uncle Bouki and Ti Malis for example, we glimpse the inner workings and a critique of Caribbean society. Through the stories we see
the rift between the haves and the have-nots that began with the plantocracy in which the bosals [newly arrived Africans] were
unfavorably compared to Creole workers who were born in the colony.These old rifts find their legacy in contemporary Haiti in
the color and class conflicts that shape society, as well as the type of intelligence that is valued, also linked to class and color. Moreover, the conditions about which Chamoiseau wrote are still found in
urban areas and the desperate communities of the poor that dot the countryside. As such, the survival strategies used by their forebears are still necessary, though adapted to contemporary conditions. The
literature that centers these populations necessarily addresses these tactics of survival."

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2015, Caribbean Studies Press, 156pp, softcover
ISBN 978-1-62632-448-0
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