Blood, Memory, and Nation: Massacre and Mourning in Edwidge Danticat’s The Farming of Bones

  • Shreerekha Subramanian
Part of the New Directions in Latino American Cultures book series (NDLAC)


Ours is a century marked by massacre. There is a tendency to let history swallow massacres whole or allow only “legitimate” portions to be seen by posterity. I am interested in uncovering the erased populations caught in the tentacles of disremembering. I raise the question of Haiti, its awe-inspiring blackness, and a massacre that clouded its historical imagination for the entire century just passed. Excavating the detritus of history, I am curious about what is left, the materials with which a ravaged people navigate their current course. Theories of history, mourning, and memory proposed by Lois Parkinson Zamora, Deborah Cohn, and George Handley provide critical apparatus for this study.


Dominican Republic Racial Prejudice Dialogical Condition Historical Imagination Messianic Power 
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