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Un peu de culture ne peut pas faire de mal. Deux nouveaux livres sur la révolution haïtienne, mais en anglais

Publié par siel sur 17 Juin 2021, 19:21pm

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 Un peu de culture ne peut pas faire de mal. Deux nouveaux livres sur la révolution haïtienne, mais en anglais

Black Spartacus - The Epic Life of Toussaint Louverture 


Of the major figures who gave us the modern world, the Haitian slave turned liberator Toussaint Louverture is among the most enigmatic. Though his image has multiplied across the globe — appearing on banknotes and in bronze, on T-shirts and in film — the only definitive portrait executed in his lifetime has been lost. Well versed in the works of Machiavelli and Rousseau, he was dismissed by Thomas Jefferson as a "cannibal". 
A Caribbean devotee of the European Enlightenment, Toussaint nurtured a class of black Catholic clergymen who became pillars of his rule, while his supporters also believed he communicated with vodon spirits. Though he once summed up his modus operandi with the phrase "Say little but do as much as possible," he was a prolific correspondent, famous for exhausting the five secretaries he maintained simultaneously at the height of his power in the 1790s. 
Employing groundbreaking archival research and a keen interpretive lens, Sudhir Hazareesingh restores Toussaint to his full complexity in Black Spartacus . At a time when his subject has been, variously, reduced to little more than a one-dimensional icon of liberation or criticized for his personal failings, Hazareesingh proposes a new conception of Toussaint's self-understanding and his role in the Atlantic world of the lare eighteenth century. 
Black Spartacus is rich with insights into Toussaint's dynamism and achievements—above all, his ability to unite European, African, and Caribbean traditions in the service of his revolutionary aims. Hazareesingh offers a new and remnant interpretation of Toussaint's racial politics, showing how he used radical ideas about equality to argue for the common dignity of all human beings while also insisting on his own world-historical importance and the universal pertinence of blackness — a message that chimed particularly powerfully among African Americans. 
Ultimately, Black Spartacus offers a vigorous argument in favor of "getting back to Toussaint'—a call to take Haiti's founding father seriously on his own terms, and to honor his role in shaping the postcolonial world to come.

 A propos de l'auteur/ Biographie de Sudhir Hazareesingh

SUDHIR HAZAREESINGH was born in Mauritius. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and has been a fellow and tutor in politics at Balliol College, Oxford, since 1990. He has written extensively about French intellectual and cultural history, and among his books are The Legend of Napoleon, In the Shadow of the General, and Hom the French Think. He won the Prit du Mémorial d'Ajaccio and the Prix de la Fondation Napoléon for the first of them, a Prix du Sénat du livre d'histoire for the second, and the Grand Prix du livre d'idées for the third.
 Un peu de culture ne peut pas faire de mal. Deux nouveaux livres sur la révolution haïtienne, mais en anglais

Slave Revolt on Screen

The Haitian Revolution in Film and Video Games


"Alyssa Sepinwall’s exciting new book, Slave Revolt on Screen, examines how the Haitian Revolution—the modern world’s first and only successful Black slave revolt—has been portrayed in film throughout the past century, exposing not only the flagrant distortions and factual departures from the historical record in these films, but also their exoticitized notions about Haiti and their implicitly and often explicitly white supremacist attitudes toward Haitians, and toward Blacks in general, that have permeated Hollywood and the film industry up to today. The book draws upon a sweeping range of films and video games (a new genre) on or about the Revolution as well as personal relationships and interviews with some recent filmmakers. Yet the skillful hand of the historian is omnipresent as Sepinwall brilliantly weaves together the history of the Haitian Revolution and the history of filmmaking about it, urgently calling for the yet-to-come masterpiece film on this historically epic Black liberation struggle for freedom. "

- Carolyn E. Fick, author of The Making of Haiti: The Saint Domingue Revolution from Below

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