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A Vain Fascination: Writing from and about Haiti after the Earthquake

Leak, A; (2013) A Vain Fascination: Writing from and about Haiti after the Earthquake. BULLETIN OF LATIN AMERICAN RESEARCH , 32 (4) 394 - 406. 10.1111/blar.12072. Green open access

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Abstract

In the wake of the huge earthquake that struck Haiti on 12 January 2010, Haiti instantly became the focus of media attention across the world. At that moment, the tropes that had imprisoned Haiti for two centuries (barbarism, savagery, vodou, the land-that-God-forgot, etc.) began to resurface. Some Haitian intellectuals sought to combat those images, but in so doing they inadvertently revealed their complicity not only in the negative discursive construction of their country, but also in the economic and military re-colonisation of Haiti over the last decade. Adept in the fabrication of replicas of ‘post-political’ discourse, These Haitian intellectuals are in reality a subset of that country's morally bankrupt political class.

Type: Article
Title: A Vain Fascination: Writing from and about Haiti after the Earthquake
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1111/blar.12072
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/blar.12072
Additional information: © 2013 The Authors. Bulletin of Latin American Research published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd on behalf of the Society for Latin American Studies This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Keywords: Haiti, earthquake, artists, intellectuals, representation, post/coloniality
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > SELCS
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1396036
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