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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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Interview with Paul Austerlitz

Interview with Paul Austerlitz

Engaged Scholarship and Engaged Creativity in the Dominican Republic and Haiti

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Transnational Hispaniola

Paul Austerlitz

April J. Mayes

University Press of Florida

This chapter tells the story of roots music in Haiti and the Dominican Republic and also examines the shared traditions that unite music across Hispaniola. Paul Austerlitz uses ethnomusicology to argue that music performance, dance (such as merengue), and ritual remain liberatory practices, connected to a history of spirituality and resistance that began in maroon communities during the island’s early history.

Keywords:   Dominican Republic, Haiti, Ethnomusicology, Merengue, Hispaniola, Spirituality

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