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The Haitian Peasantry through Oral and Written Literature
Roumain, Alexis, Endore, Carpentier and Fountain
Toni Pressley-Sanon
The Haitian peasant has always been the backbone of the Haitian economy and a source of inspiration for writers. Their vital oral tradition informs the literature of and about Haiti, and the peasantry and folk traditions are valorized in the classic and contemporary works discussed in this text. The Haitian Peasantry in Oral and Written Literature is an ideal introduction...  More
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"Toni Pressley-Sanons work gives us a much needed, necessary critical analysis as she joins Haitis rich oral literature to its lengthy written tradition. The countrys...  Read review
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"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...  Read excerpt
2015, Caribbean Studies Press, 156pp, softcover
ISBN 978-1-62632-448-0
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Interplay of Cultural Narratives in Martinique
French, African, and Indian Journey toward a Pluralistic Society
Mahadevi Ramakrishnan and R.Scott Smith
This book explores the history of immigration and development of cultural identities on the island of Martinique from 1635 to the present with particular attention to the major cultural groupsAfrican, French, and Indianas well the role of the indigenous Caribs in cultural hybridization. This interdisciplinary study of intertwined adaptive strategies to emigration and resettlement provides insight into the complicated tapestry...  More
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"An effective survey of Martiniques hybrid, and indeed multifaceted, cultural identity through the thematic prisms of resettlement and migration. Through close examination and discussion of...  Read review
May, 2015, Caribbean Studies Press, Cat # CSP3704, 282pp, with b & w illustrations, softcover
ISBN 978-1-62632-370-4
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Theater of the French Caribbean
Traditions and Contemporary Stages
Stephanie Berard, Ph.D.
"Theater of the French Caribbean: Contemporary Stages and Traditions"is the first book to examine more than 50 years of Caribbean theater written and produced in French and Creole in Martinique and Guadeloupe. The work analyzes over 100 plays, as both texts and stage productions, written by Aim Csaire, Patrick Chamoiseau, Maryse Cond, Gerty Dambury, Julius Laou, George Mauvois, Michle Montantin,...  More
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An important book that breaks new ground in the area of French Caribbean literature, theatre and culture. It provides a rich cultural history of recent...  Read review
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"The importing of European culture, particularly of Western theater, to the French Caribbean did not end with the abolition of slavery in 1848, or with...  Read excerpt
November 2013, Caribbean Studies Press, 332pp, black and white illustrations, softcover
ISBN 978-1-62632-176-2
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Carnival of Love--A Tale of a Bahamian Family
Ernestia Fraser
Carnival of LoveA Tale of a Bahamian Family is a memoir that explores the meaning of love and family in a fractured household. Set in the Bahamas, the story is told through the eyes of Maria Helix, one of nine children growing up in a stable and loving environment. With the sudden breakup of her comfortable family life and home,...  More
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"It was a short transition from living in a nice home with two parents to becoming homeless. One night my mother urged Rachel and me...  Read excerpt
2013, Caribbean Studies Press, Cat #: CSP9855, 140pp, softcover
ISBN 978-1-58432-9855
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Rituals of Movement in the Writing of Judith Ortiz Cofer
Lorraine M. Lopez & Molly Crumpton Winter, editors
Rituals of Movement in the Writing of Judith Ortiz Cofer is the first book-length collection of scholarship on the writing of Judith Ortiz Cofer and establishes her as an important contemporary American author. Ten analytical essays and four interviews explore the complexity and originality of her work and her central themes of Puerto Rican identity, cross-cultural experience, and the...  More
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"Ortiz Cofer has been illuminating the Puerto Rican community's journeys back and forth between the Caribbean island and the U.S., between rural landscapes and urban...  Read excerpt
August 15, 2012, Caribbean Studies Press, Cat #: CSP8629, 308pp, softcover
ISBN 978-1-58432-862-2
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Masters of the Dew
Jacques Roumain, trans. Langston Hughes & Mercer Cook
This classic Haitian novel tells of the traditional rural life and people of Haiti, dominated by the natural world. This is a deeply powerful story of the harsh existence of peasant farmers struggling in a world both beautiful and unforgiving. The tale begins with the return of Manuel, a prodigal son, to his aging parents'homestead and the realities of subsistence agriculture...  More
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"His face, drenched with sweat, hardened, for what he saw was a grilled expanse of dirty rusty color spotted by a scattering of moldy huts....  Read excerpt
March, 2012, Caribbean Studies Press, 188pp, Softcover
ISBN 9781584328490 Cat # CSP849
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Divergent Dictions
Contemporary Dominican Literature
Nstor E. Rodrguez
This translation of the well-received "Escrituras de Desencuentro en la Repblica Dominicana" examines the writings of Dominican and Dominican-American authors such as Junot Daz, Julia lvarez, Josafina Bez, Manuel Rueda, Rita Hernndez, Aurora Arias, and Silvio Torres-Saillant. The author posits that this work is a radical aesthetic enterprise challenging the Dominican cultural establishment. These writers represent Dominicanness as a diverse...  More
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"The oft-neglected, multifaceted, and complex literary production of the Dominican Republic is once more receiving the attention it deserves from scholars....."Divergent Dictions" is a short...  Read review
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"In the cultural production of the contemporary Hispanic Caribbean, there exist texts that are defined by their uncomfortable position in relation to the cultural doxa...  Read excerpt
10/01/10, Caribbean Studies Press Cat # CSP5660, 180pp, Paperback
ISBN 978-1-58432-654-0
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Tales from the Heart of Haiti
Patti Marxsen
A collection of short stories presenting a fresh perspective of the people of Haiti by narrating their interactions with those who come from elsewhere and try to help. Haiti overflows with expatriates and missionaries who desire to do good, especially now. But how much do foreign "helpers" see and know? What can they comprehend? Only when we allow ourselves to...  More
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"Intertwining the stories of Haitians and the foreigners who wish to help them, Marxsen moves seamlessly between these two worlds, joining them through tales of...  Read review
March 2010, Educa Vision, Inc., 122pp, Paperback
ISBN 978-1-58432-615-1
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Revolutionary Freedoms
A History of Survival, Strength, and Imagination in Haiti
Cecile Accilien, Ph.D., Columbus State University; Jessica Adams, Ph.D., University of California-Berkeley; and Elmide Meleance, Montgomery County (MD) Schools, Editors
This new perspective on Haitian history features essays that augment the historical paintings of renowned contemporary Haitian-American artist, Ulrick Jean-Pierre. Poet, playwright, and scholar Kamau Brathwaite has written the powerful Foreword to this volume, which combines scholarship, experience, and inspiration to reveal the complex history of the island that Haiti shares with the Dominican Republic. Chapters cover pre-Columbian and colonial history;...  More
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From the Introduction: Although Haiti is in constant political and economic turmoil, the fact remains that the Haitian Revolution has been a crucial benchmark in the...  Read excerpt
2006, Caribbean Studies Press, 266pp, 45 full-color reproductions, Hardcover
ISBN 1-58432-293-4
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The Caribbean Woman Writer as Scholar
Creating, Imagining, Theorizing
Keshia N. Abraham with a Preface by Carole Boyce Davies
Caribbean / African Diaspora Series
What does it mean to be a Caribbean woman writer? Shall I write about being from the Caribbean or about being a woman?...And in what ways am I to differentiate being a writer from being a scholar? Should any such differentiation be made? The first volume in The Caribbean / African Diaspora Series, this collection of incisive and provocative essays...  More
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September, 2009, Caribbean Studies Press Cat # 5658, 462pp, Includes color illustrations, softcover
ISBN 978-1-58432-565-9
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Memoir of an Amnesiac [Mmoire d'une Amnsique]
Jan J. Dominique, translated by Irline Franois, associate professor of Women's Studies, Goucher College, Baltimore, Maryland
Now available in English, this remarkable narrative of exile, loss, memory and imagination resonates with its readers. The author draws upon her traumatic experiences growing up under the dictatorship of Franois Duvalier, her complicated relationship with her father, and her understanding of Haitian history in this exploration of psychological and political oppression and exile. Catalog #: B477
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"Memoir of an Amnesiac is a work of several dimensions: memoir, novel, roman clef. In one facet it is an especially privileged and personal...  Read review
April, 2008, Caribbean Studies Press, 305pp, softcover
ISBN 978-1-58432-473-7
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Haitian Laughter / Rire hatien
A Mosaic of Ninety Miniatures in French and English, Bilingual Edition
Georges Anglade Translated from the French by Anne Pease McConnell
Haitian Laughter is constructed around the lodyans, a narrative genre that has blossomed in Haiti as an art of miniatures. The substantial reduction in scale that presides over their creation allows only the significant features to remain, like a medieval illumination, a Japanese bonsai, or simply a small-sized map of an immense territory. This makes each miniature a "dwarf-sized saga,"...  More
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The Meaning of Laughter By Hugues St. Fort With Rire hatien / Haitian Laughter, Georges Anglade has taken a giant step in literary and linguistic innovation in...  Read review
2006, Educa Vision Inc., 400pp, Hardcover
ISBN 1-58432-359-0
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Pawl Lakay
Haitian Creole Language and Culture for Beginner and Intermediate Learners
Frenand Leger
Pawol Lakay is a complete first and second year set of Kreyol materials designed for beginners and intermediate learners at the college level. It is the most comprehensive resource for the teaching and learning of Kreyol available on the market. This textbook adopts a pragmatic approach to the teaching of language: emphasizing the value of communicative competence, functional language use,...  More
2011, Educa Vision Inc, 481pp, Cover Design By: Louise Canuto, Paperback
ISBN 978584326878
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Education, Assimilation, and Caribbean Identity
The Literary Journey of the French Caribbean
Marie Leticee, Ph.D.
A far-reaching and critical study of the role of education in shaping Caribbean identity. Perceptive studies of the literature and scholarship of French Caribbean writers are framed in the context of the foreign educational curriculum imposed on the people of these islands. Original research and literature analysis are combined in this syncretic approach to the development of the Caribbean...  More
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"Accepting assimilation into French culture meant that they could no longer define themselves as Antilleans. They were now defined by the other as a sub-group....Hence....  Read excerpt
June, 2009, Caribbean Studies Press, 228pp, Softcover
ISBN 978-1-58432-554-3 Cat# CSP5543
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