Haitian crime fiction: Re-interpreting Haitian History through Vodou

By Françoise Cévaër.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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Mr. Clarinet by British writer Nick Stone and Zombi Blues by French Canadian Stanley Péan both immerse the reader in Haiti’s tragical history forcing us to acknowledge the terrible traumas caused by dictatorships’ atrocities, and interrogate rationality. These works owe their unique nature to the re-configuration of their societies by both writers and the ways in which they portray the predetermined course of events of their people. A comparative analysis of the two novels will demonstrate how, despite their many differences, these writers explore the Haitian history through a common lens: an imaginary universe in which irrationality predominates mixing witchcraft and religious beliefs.

Keywords: Crime Fiction Novels, Postcolonial Literature, Caribbean Diaspora, Haitian Literature, Vodou, Politics, History, Zombie, Nick Stone, Stanley Péan

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 7, Issue 9, pp.11-18. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.131MB).

Dr. Françoise Cévaër

Lecturer, Department Of Modern Languages and Literatures, The University of the West Indies, Kingston, Mona, Jamaica

She has been a lecturer at the University of the West Indies in Jamaica since 1997. She teaches French language, and Francophone Literatures and Cultures. She has worked on different areas such as publishing in African Literature, identity in African Literature and, more recently, postcolonial crime fiction.

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