New Book: Myriam J.A. Chancy’s “From Sugar to Revolution”

Wilfrid Laurier University announces the release of From Sugar to Revolution: Women’s Visions of Haiti, Cuba, and the Dominican Republic, by Myriam J.A. Chancy. [See previous post New Book: From Sugar to Revolution – Women’s Visions of Haiti, Cuba, and the Dominican Republic.]

Description: In From Sugar to Revolution: Women’s Visions of Haiti, Cuba, and the Dominican Republic, Myriam Chancy aims to show that Haiti’s exclusion is grounded in its historical role as a site of ontological defiance. Her premise is that writers Edwidge Danticat, Julia Alvarez, Zoé Valdés, Loida Maritza Pérez, Marilyn Bobes, Achy Obejas, Nancy Morejón, and visual artist Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons attempt to defy fears of “otherness” by assuming the role of “archaeologists of amnesia.”

About the text, Françoise Lionnet (UCLA) writes: “Rich and suggestive, this broad-ranging and original study combines interpretive readings and personal conversations with individual artists. Chancy places women’s bodies, voices, memories, and visions at the centre of a careful scrutiny of the way three global axes of power-sugar, sovereignty, and revolution-have defined and confined Caribbean history, with its traumatic events and lingering painful memories. Conjugating national and transnational approaches to the Creolophone, Anglophone, and Hispanophone islands, Chancy redefines our understanding of terror by opening up innovative cultural and scholarly avenues for hopeful new beginnings. This is a transformative intervention in the contemporary realities of the region.”

For purchasing information, see http://www.wlu.ca/press/Catalog/chancy.shtml

For an examination or review copy, please contact Clare Hitchens clare@press.wlu.ca with your course or publication information.

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