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Creole RenegadesRhetoric of Betrayal and Guilt in the Caribbean Diaspora$
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Benedicte Boisseron

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780813049793

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813049793.001.0001

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Edwidge Danticat and Dany Laferrière

Edwidge Danticat and Dany Laferrière

Parasitic and Remittance Diaspora

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(p.90) 3 Edwidge Danticat and Dany Laferrière
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Creole Renegades
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Bénédicte Boisseron

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813049793.003.0004

Keeping in mind that Haiti carries an important journalistic culture where the role of the writer is often mixed with that of the journalist, Haitian diasporic writers are often pressured to give back to the community through a journalistic duty of memory, even in absentia. On the other hand, what is remittance to some is parasitism to others, particularly to those in the Haitian community who ascribe a negative connotation to dyaspora (Creole spelling). Dyaspora, for some locals, is an expatriate feeding off of Haiti's resources when the time is right, including exploiting marketable stories from abroad. Given that survivor's guilt is one of the main features of the Haitian diaspora, this chapter explores the moral conflict between writing as remittance or as subsistence through a close reading of the literary production of two Haitian-born and American expatriates, Ediwidge Danticat and Dany Laferrière.

Keywords:   Danticat, Laferrière, Haiti, diaspora, expatriate, memory, remittance, subsistence, guilt

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