Examining Greg Beckett’s 2019 There Is No More Haiti: Between Life and Death in Port-au-Prince, this critical essay explores the notion of radical hope in the midst of tragedy and crisis in Haiti. It attempts to reframe the idea of hope from the perspective of a Haitian American who studies Haiti through the lens of literary texts and within a global analysis, arguing that Beckett’s book is more than an anthropological study of crisis; it is an act of memorializing the various ways a generation reflects on the idea of hope. The author’s reading of There Is No More Haiti calls for more critical studies on what Haitians can teach us about the importance of hope in times of disaster, about the understanding of hope as a pervasive feeling.
Notes on Radical Hope; or, The Ethical Turn in Anthropology
Nadège T. Clitandre is an associate professor in the Department of Global Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she holds affiliate appointments in the Department of Black Studies and in the Comparative Literature Program. She is the author of Edwidge Danticat: The Haitian Diasporic Imaginary (2018) and a co-editor of two volumes: Remembrance: Loss, Hope, Recovery after the Earthquake in Haiti (2016) and The Bloomsbury Handbook to Edwidge Danticat (2021).
Nadège T. Clitandre; Notes on Radical Hope; or, The Ethical Turn in Anthropology. Small Axe 1 November 2021; 25 (3 (66)): 186–198. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/07990537-9583558
Download citation file: