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Caribbean SpacesEscapes from Twilight Zones$
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Carole Boyce Davies

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780252038020

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252038020.001.0001

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“Haiti, I Can See Your Halo!”

“Haiti, I Can See Your Halo!”

Living on Fault Lines

(p.158) 9 “Haiti, I Can See Your Halo!”
Caribbean Spaces

Carole Boyce Davies

University of Illinois Press

This chapter uses the logic of the halo not in the way it appears in Christian iconography, but in the way the halo of what Haiti means radiates as a series of spatial principles across the African diaspora. The contradictory history of Haiti that produced today's American hemisphere's poorest country runs up against a history of glory and transcendence. Thus, in many ways, Haiti becomes an important and extreme representation of the black condition: on the one hand, a past of dignity and legendary greatness; on the other, the starkness created by the initial history of dispossession, subsequent economic difficulty, brought on sometimes by horrendous leadership, often in collusion with external actors, environment, climate, location, but through it all, an amazing resistance of its people matched by an outstanding creativity.

Keywords:   Caribbean culture, Haiti, African diaspora, symbology, black condition

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