Haiti has long been regarded as something of an oddity within the Caribbean. Branded the "nightmare republic" since it gained independence in 1804, in current popular imagination, it remains conceptually incarcerated as a failed republic incapable of self governance, the poorest nation in the western nation and the birthplace of "voodoo". This course uses an interdisciplinary approach to deconstruct the myths and realities in these and other popular representations of Haiti. In addition, it critically examines the differences and similarities that Haiti shares with other countries in the region. The course also emphasizes the continuing impact of the island's colonial history on the present. The topics covered include but are not limited to slavery and independence; the state and the nation, politics and socio-economic changes; gender/race/color/class and identity; religion and popular culture and migration and the diaspora.
COURSE FORMAT: Seminar
Level: UGRD Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS ANTH Grading Mode: Graded
Last Updated on MAR-30-2006
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