Haitian Intellectual History: Top 20 Books in Past 30 Years!

Haitian Intellectual History: Top 20 Books in Past 30 Years!

Below, I recommend what I believe to be the Top 20 Books that have been written in the English language, in the past thirty years, on Haitian Intellectual History. I list these texts by their year of publication and not necessarily by their impact on the field of Haitian Studies.

1. In the Shadow of Powers: Dantes Bellegarde in Haitian Social Thought (1985) by Patrick Bellegarde-Smith

2. From Dessalines to Duvalier: Race, Colour and National Independence in Haiti (1996) by David Nicholls

3. Haiti and the United States: National Stereotypes and the Literary Imagination (1996) by J. Michael Dash

4. Framing Silence: Revolutionary Novels by Haitian Women (1997) by Myriam J. A. Chancy

5. Haiti, History, and the Gods (1998) by Joan Dayan

6. Haiti’s Predatory Republic: The Unending Transition to Democracy (2002) by Robert Fatton

7. Modernity Disavowed: Haiti and the Cultures of Slavery in the Age of Revolution (2004) by Sibylle Fischer

8. The Prophet and Power: Jean-Bertrand Aristide, the International Community, and Haiti (2006) by Alex Dupuy

9. Universal Emancipation: The Haitian Revolution and the Radical Enlightenment (2008) by Nick Nesbitt

10. Red and Black in Haiti: Radicalism, Conflict, and Political Change, 1934-1957 (2009)
by Matthew J. Smith

11. Hegel, Haiti, and Universal History (2009) by Susan Buck-Morss

12. Haiti Unbound: A Spiralist Challenge to the Postcolonial Canon (2011) by Kaiama L. Glover

13. The Spirits and the Law: Vodou and Power in Haiti (2014) by Kate Ramsey

14. Spirit Possession in French, Haitian, and Vodou Thought: An Intellectual History (2014)
by Alessandra Benedicty-Kokken

15. Tropics of Haiti: Race and the Literary History of the Haitian Revolution in the Atlantic World, 1789-1865 (2015) by Marlene L. Daut

16. Vodou in Haitian Memory: The Idea and Representation of Vodou in Haitian Imagination (2016) edited by Celucien L. Joseph and Nixon S. Cleophat

17. The Vodou Ethic and the Spirit of Communism: The Practical Consciousness of the African People of Haiti (2016) by Paul Mocombe

18. Thinking in Public: Faith, Secular Humanism, and Development in Jacques Roumain (2017) by Celucien L. Joseph

19. Baron de Vastey and the Origins of Black Atlantic Humanism (2017) by Marlene L. Daut

20. Between Two Worlds: Jean Price-Mars, Haiti, and Africa (2018) edited by Celucien L. Joseph, Jean Eddy Saint Paul, and Glodel Mezilas

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