This article argues that there is a conspicuous lack of representations of the Haitian revolution in most contemporary Haitian writing. Rather than writing explicitly about the Revolution, many Haitian writers “perform” revolutions in their own work. Frankétienne's work provides us with a particularly good example of such revolutions through the visual and linguistic inventiveness that characterizes his oeuvre in general and his practice of rewriting his previously written works in particular. His rewriting offers new perspectives on the key concepts that have shaped his artistic work: the spiral and quantum writing.
Rachel Douglas; Haitian Revolutions in Literature: The Case of Linguistic and Visual Inventiveness in Frankétienne. Small Axe 1 October 2008; 12 (3 (27)): 58–70. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/-12-3_27-58
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