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Monique Allewaert

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780816677276

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816677276.001.0001

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Involving the Universe in Ruins

Involving the Universe in Ruins

Sansay’s Haitian Anabiography

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(p.143) 5 Involving the Universe in Ruins
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Ariel's Ecology
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Monique Allewaert

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University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816677276.003.0006

This chapter considers how the minoritarian conceptions of the body and the person, taken from both Anglo-European elite and the Afro-American culture, resonated with white women in North America. It reviews Leonora Sansay’s Secret History; or The Horrors of St. Domingo and Zelica: The Creole. Both of them focus on Anglo-European women traveling through St. Domingue during the Haitian Revolution, chronicling their transformation through the intervention of Afro-American cultural forms, including fetishes. The chapter indicates Sansay’s interest in modes of agency that departed from those then available to women in the United States. The transformation also suggests that white middle-class women, in addition to claiming the genre of the novel for their own ends, also looked to Afro-American cultural production in claiming their own agency.

Keywords:   minoritarian, Afro-American culture, Leonora Sansay, Secret History; or The Horrors of St. Domingo, Zelica, Haitian Revolution, agency, cultural production

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