Paperback / softback
May 25, 2015
9780819575456
English
440
8.25 Inches (US)
6.13 Inches (US)
1.4 Pounds (US)
$27.95 USD, £21.95 GBP
v2.1 Reference
Electronic book text
May 25, 2015
9780819575463
English
440
8.25 Inches (US)
6.13 Inches (US)
$21.99 USD, £16.95 GBP
v2.1 Reference

Why Haiti Needs New Narratives

A Post-Quake Chronicle

Winner of the Haitian Studies Association Excellence in Scholarship Award (2015)

Mainstream news coverage of the catastrophic earthquake of January 12, 2010, reproduced longstanding narratives of Haiti and stereotypes of Haitians. Cognizant that this Haiti, as it exists in the public sphere, is a rhetorically and graphically incarcerated one, the feminist anthropologist and performance artist Gina Athena Ulysse embarked on a writing spree that lasted over two years. As an ethnographer and a member of the diaspora, Ulysse delivers critical cultural analysis of geopolitics and daily life in a series of dispatches, op-eds and articles on post-quake Haiti. Her complex yet singular aim is to make sense of how the nation and its subjects continue to negotiate sovereignty and being in a world where, according to a Haitian saying, tout moun se moun, men tout moun pa menm (All people are human, but all humans are not the same). This collection contains thirty pieces, most of which were previously published in and on Haitian Times, Huffington Post, Ms Magazine, Ms Blog, NACLA, and other print and online venues. The book is trilingual (English, Kreyòl, and French) and includes a foreword by award-winning author and historian Robin D.G. Kelley.

About the Authors

GINA ATHENA ULYSSE is an associate professor of anthropology at Wesleyan University. Born in Haiti, she has lived in the United States for over thirty years. A performance artist, multimedia artist, and anthropologist, she is the author of Downtown Ladies: Informal Commercial Importers, a Haitian Anthropologist and Self-Making in Jamaica. ROBIN D.G. KELLEY is the Distinguished Professor of History and Gary B. Nash Endowed Chair in United States History at UCLA.

Reviews

"Five years after Haiti's devastating earthquake, Gina Ulysse smashes clichés, defends Vodou, and reminds us of her homeland's complex history. Her compelling as-it-happened reports and analyses are crucial to our understanding and empathy for the republic and its people."—Katherine Spillar, executive editor, Ms. magazine

"Wesleyan anthropology professor Ulysse (Downtown Ladies) mixes memoir, commentary on her relationship with Haiti, and analysis of the dominant narrative surrounding the country in the wake of the 2010 earthquake. Readers interested in a broader and sympathetic perspective on Haiti will enjoy Ulysse's work toward jumpstarting a new narrative."—Publishers Weekly

"Ulysse's clear, powerful writing rips through the stereotypes to reveal a portrait of Haiti in politics and art that will change the way you think about that nation's culture, and your own."—Jonathan M. Katz, author of The Big Truck That Went By: How the World Came to Save Haiti and Left Behind a Disaster

"Taking us through entangled and liberating possibilities, Gina Ulysse introduces us to Haiti, the kingdom of this world. Embedded in the interstices of words and of aesthetic sensibilities that summon the past into the present, the powerful promise of a people is revealed. Ashe."—Arlene Torres, coeditor of Blackness in Latin America and the Caribbean

"This compilation is the gut-felt testimony of an insider/outsider that resounds like a thunderclap in the desert. Trapped in the alienating context of sterile academia, a neoliberal political economy, populations displaced, shock therapy and general geopolitical shifts, the author uses the gift of polysemy to open horizons. Through thought, action, word, poetry, song . . . flow yet-unbounded prospects."—Rachel Beauvoir-Dominique, professor, Université d'État d'Haïti

"This is a beautifully written and profoundly important work of engaged anthropology. Gina Ulysse steps bravely into the public domain bringing a nuanced and sophisticated analysis of things Haitian to a large group of general readers as well as to a broad audience of scholars. Publication of this book marks a kind of 'coming of age' for anthropological bloggers and public anthropology."—Paul Stoller, author of Yaya's Story: The Quest for Well-Being in the World

"Wesleyan anthropology professor Ulysse (Downtown Ladies) mixes memoir, commentary on her relationship with Haiti, and analysis of the dominant narrative surrounding the country in the wake of the 2010 earthquake. Readers interested in a broader and sympathetic perspective on Haiti will enjoy Ulysse's work toward jumpstarting a new narrative."—Publishers Weekly

"In her trilingual (English, Kreyòl, French) collection of op-eds, essays, reviews and news articles (including pieces from Ms. and the Ms. blog), Ulysse rejects the colonial framework through which Haiti is often viewed and reasserts the validity of its sovereignty."—Ms. Magazine

Endorsements

"Ulysse's clear, powerful writing rips through the stereotypes to reveal a portrait of Haiti in politics and art that will change the way you think about that nation's culture, and your own."—Jonathan M. Katz, author of The Big Truck That Went By: How the World Came to Save Haiti and Left Behind a Disaster

"This is a beautifully written and profoundly important work of engaged anthropology. Gina Ulysse steps bravely into the public domain bringing a nuanced and sophisticated analysis of things Haitian to a large group of general readers as well as to a broad audience of scholars. Publication of this book marks a kind of 'coming of age' for anthropological bloggers and public anthropology."—Paul Stoller, author of Yaya's Story: The Quest for Well-Being in the World

"This compilation is the gut-felt testimony of an insider/outsider that resounds like a thunderclap in the desert. Trapped in the alienating context of sterile academia, a neoliberal political economy, populations displaced, shock therapy and general geopolitical shifts, the author uses the gift of polysemy to open horizons. Through thought, action, word, poetry, song . . . flow yet-unbounded prospects."—Rachel Beauvoir-Dominique, professor, Université d'État d'Haïti

"Taking us through entangled and liberating possibilities, Gina Ulysse introduces us to Haiti, the kingdom of this world. Embedded in the interstices of words and of aesthetic sensibilities that summon the past into the present, the powerful promise of a people is revealed. Ashe."—Arlene Torres, coeditor of Blackness in Latin America and the Caribbean

"Five years after Haiti's devastating earthquake, Gina Ulysse smashes clichés, defends Vodou, and reminds us of her homeland's complex history. Her compelling as-it-happened reports and analyses are crucial to our understanding and empathy for the republic and its people."

—Katherine Spillar, executive editor, Ms. magazine

9780819575456 : why-haiti-needs-new-narratives-ulysse-kelley
Paperback / softback
440 Pages
$27.95 USD
9780819575463 : why-haiti-needs-new-narratives-ulysse-kelley
Electronic book text
440 Pages
$21.99 USD

Other Titles by Gina Athena Ulysse

Because When God Is Too Busy

Gina Athena Ulysse
Apr 2017 - Wesleyan University Press
$15.95 USD - Paperback / softback

Other Titles in SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / General

InterAmerican Perspectives in the 21st Century

Olaf Kaltmeier
Apr 2021 - University of New Orleans Press
$36.00 USD - Paperback / softback

Ancient Ink

Lars Krutak
Feb 2020 - University of Washington Press
$60.00 USD - Hardback
$35.00 USD - Paperback / softback

Artifacts

Crystal B. Lake
Feb 2020 - Johns Hopkins University Press
$94.95 USD - Hardback
$34.95 USD - Paperback / softback
$34.95 USD - Electronic book text