This essay examines the aesthetics and politics of one of the key figures in the emergence of the Caribbean anti-imperial imaginary in the nineteenth century: the Afro–Puerto Rican activist Ramón Emeterio Betances (1827–98). Through a critical interpretation of Les deux Indiens (1857), a romantic novella about the conquest of Puerto Rico, and “A Cuba Libre” (1871), a biographical essay about Haiti’s first president, Alexandre Pétion, the author explores Betances’s vision of Caribbean unity and its connections to race, gender, republicanism, and decolonization.
Revolutionary Visions? Ramón Emeterio Betances, Les deux Indiens, and Haiti
Kahlila Chaar-Pérez is an independent scholar interested in modern and contemporary Caribbean cultures and politics. Her writings have appeared in Revista Iberoamericana, Global South, Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos, the US Intellectual History blog, and 80grados. She also edits and translates scholarly texts and is currently pursuing a master’s in information and library science at the University of Pittsburgh.
Kahlila Chaar-Pérez; Revolutionary Visions? Ramón Emeterio Betances, Les deux Indiens, and Haiti. Small Axe 1 March 2020; 24 (1 (61)): 44–52. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/07990537-8190553
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