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Transnational HispaniolaNew Directions in Haitian and Dominican Studies$
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April J. Mayes and Kiran C. Jayaram

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781683400387

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9781683400387.001.0001

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“A Border between Geographies of Grief”

“A Border between Geographies of Grief”

River Crossings and Crossroads between Haiti and the Dominican Republic

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Transnational Hispaniola

RéGine Michelle Jean-Charles

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Chapter 4 analyzes representations of the Haitian-Dominican border in the literature of Edwidge Danticat, Roxane Gay, and Évelyne Trouillot, who each exhume the historical trauma of the 1937 Massacre of Haitians and Dominicans of Haitian ancestry. Jean-Charles argues that these authors understand the border as a space of violence and death but also, quite ironically and powerfully, as a space for creation and possibility.

Keywords:   Roxane Gay, Edwidge Danticat, Évelyne Trouillot, 1937 Massacre, Haitian-Dominican border

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