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The Haitian Exception

  • Rick Rodriguez
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Part of the Pivotal Studies in the Global American Literary Imagination book series (PSGALI)

Abstract

This chapter examines U.S. writing about the Haitian Revolution (1791–1804), with emphasis on the affective dimension informing the dominant genres (sensational and sentimental) that frame the response to the events transpiring in the former French colony. The mixture of fear and sympathy that characterizes U.S. perceptions of the Haitian Revolution troubles attempts to immunize its impact on American culture by rendering it as a nonevent in the history of modernity.

Keywords

Haitian Revolution Slavery Empire American literature Lenora Sansay Aaron Burr Immunity 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rick Rodriguez
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  1. 1.Baruch CollegeNew York CityUSA

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