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Carnival In The Creole City: Place, Race And Identity In The Age Of Globalization, Daphne Lamothe Apr 2012

Carnival In The Creole City: Place, Race And Identity In The Age Of Globalization, Daphne Lamothe

Africana Studies: Faculty Publications

In this essay I argue that Haitian-American artists Edwidge Danticat and Wyclef Jean employ Carnival symbolism to explore the practices and politics of belonging in "global" cities. While meditating on the cultural and social dynamism produced by transnationalism, they resist the impulse to idealize its effects. In song and nonfictional narrative, they reflect also on the ways that historical and structural violence shape the lives of Haitian migrants in creolized cities.


Introduction: Carnival In The Creole City: Place, Race And Identity In The Age Of Globalization, Cynthia Dobbs, Daphne Lamothe, Theresa Tensuan Apr 2012

Introduction: Carnival In The Creole City: Place, Race And Identity In The Age Of Globalization, Cynthia Dobbs, Daphne Lamothe, Theresa Tensuan

Africana Studies: Faculty Publications

This cluster of "Life Stories from the Creole City" brings together essays that focus on figures negotiating subjectivity within different "creole cities" at specific historical junctures, as these urban spaces become compelling sites for narrating subjectivity in negotiation with forces of globalization, diaspora, and cosmopolitanism. The essays variously illuminate the difficulties and payoffs associated with narrating lives in—and of—porous urban space.