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. Silencing the Past: Power and the Production of History (1995) by Michel-Rolph Trouillot
  3. From Dessalines to Duvalier: Race, Colour and National Independence in Haiti (1996) by David Nicholls
  4. Haiti and the United States: National Stereotypes and the Literary Imagination (1996) by J. Michael Dash
  5. Framing Silence: Revolutionary Novels by Haitian Women (1997) by Myriam J. A. Chancy
  6. Haiti, History, and the Gods (1998) by Joan Dayan
  7. Haiti’s Predatory Republic: The Unending Transition to Democracy (2002) by Robert Fatton
  8. Modernity Disavowed: Haiti and the Cultures of Slavery in the Age of Revolution (2004) by Sibylle Fischer
  9. The Prophet and Power: Jean-Bertrand Aristide, the International Community, and Haiti (2006) by Alex Dupuy
  10. Universal Emancipation: The Haitian Revolution and the Radical Enlightenment (2008) by Nick Nesbitt
  11. Red and Black in Haiti: Radicalism, Conflict, and Political Change, 1934-1957 (2009)
    by Matthew J. Smith
  12. Hegel, Haiti, and Universal History (2009) by Susan Buck-Morss
  13. Haiti Unbound: A Spiralist Challenge to the Postcolonial Canon (2011) by Kaiama L. Glover
  14. The Spirits and the Law: Vodou and Power in Haiti (2014) by Kate Ramsey
  15. Spirit Possession in French, Haitian, and Vodou Thought: An Intellectual History (2014)
    by Alessandra Benedicty-Kokken
  16. Tropics of Haiti: Race and the Literary History of the Haitian Revolution in the Atlantic World, 1789-1865 (2015) by Marlene L. Daut
  17. Vodou in Haitian Memory: The Idea and Representation of Vodou in Haitian Imagination (2016) edited by Celucien L. Joseph and Nixon S. Cleophat
  18. The Vodou Ethic and the Spirit of Communism: The Practical Consciousness of the African People of Haiti (2016) by Paul Mocombe
  19. Thinking in Public: Faith, Secular Humanism, and Development in Jacques Roumain (2017) by Celucien L. Joseph
  20. Baron de Vastey and the Origins of Black Atlantic Humanism (2017) by Marlene L. Daut
  21. 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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