My New Book: Race, Religion, and The Haitian Revolution

I am pleased to announce the publication of my new book entitled Race, Religion, and The Haitian Revolution: Essays on Faith, Freedom, and Decolonization. You can order your copy at CreateSpace or Amazon.

Race, Religion, and The Haitian Revolution: Essays on Faith, Freedom, and Decolonization

Book Description

Publication Date:December 27, 2012
Race, Religion, and The Haitian Revolution explores the intersections of history, race, religion, decolonization, and revolutionary freedom leading to the founding of the postcolonial state, the Caribbean nation of Haiti, in 1804. Particular attention is given to the place of religion in this freedom story. The book not only examines the multiple legacies and the problem of Enlightenment modernity, imperial colonialism, Western racism and hegemony, but also studies their complex relationships with the institution of slavery, religion, and Black freedom. This present work is a collection of five interdisciplinary essays, which underscore the role of faith in Black Atlantic discourse and Haitian thought in shaping the lives of the people in the Black Diaspora and the Haitian people in particular. Topics range from Makandal’s Postcolonial religious imagination to Boukman’s Liberation Theology, Langston Hughes’ discussion of the role of prophetic religion in the Haitian Revolution to Frederick Douglass’ critiques of Christianity as a “slave religion;” the text also brings in conversation Du Bois’s theory of double consciousness with Fanon’s theory of decolonization and revolutionary humanism.

About the Author

Celucien L. Joseph, Ph.D. (University of Texas at Dallas) is an adjunct Professor of English Language and Literature at Palm Beach State College. Professor Joseph is an interdisciplinary scholar, researcher, and educator; his work is interdisciplinary and intersectional with an emancipative intent. He is interested in the intersections of history, race, religion, literature, cultural identity, and freedom. He is the author of two forthcoming books, Religious Métissage: The Religious Imagination and ideas of Jean Price-Mars (Wipf & Stock, 2013) and Faith, Secular Humanism, and Social Development: Jacques Roumain’s Engagements with Religion and Critical Theory (University Press of America, Inc., 2013). His academic research and teaching interests include the following: Transnational Literature; American and African-American Literature; African American Cultural and Intellectual History;Francophone Studies: Africa and the Caribbean; Anglophone Caribbean Literature; Comparative Afro-Caribbean Studies: History and Literature; Comparative Literature of the African Diaspora; Black Internationalism; Postcolonial and Critical Theory; Race and Religion; Religions in the Black Diaspora; Pragmatic Religious Naturalism; Liberation and Constructive Theologies.
Table of Contents

Acknowledgements………………………………………………………………………………v

 

Introduction………………………………………………………………………………………1

 

Chapter 1: An Appraisal of Recent Literary and Historiographical Works on

The Haitian Revolution…………………………………………………………………..10

 

PART I: RELIGION AND DECOLONIZATION: THE SIGNIFICANCE OF RELIGION IN

THE HAITIAN REVOLUTION

 

Chapter 2: The Rhetoric of Prayer: Dutty Boukman, The Discourse of “Freedom from

Below,” and the Politics of God…………………………………………………………34

 

Chapter 3: Prophetic Religion, Violence, and Black Freedom: Reading Makandal’s Project of Black Liberation through A Fanonian postcolonial lens of decolonization and theory of revolutionary humanism……………………………………………………….56

 

PART II:  UNSETTLED FAITH OR RACE AND RELIGION: REPRESENTING AND

INTERPRETING THE   REVOLUTION IN BLACK ATLANTIC THOUGHT

Chapter 4: The Spirit of Revolution, the Spirit of Black Freedom: The Representation of the Haitian Revolution and The Function of Black Religion in Langston Hughes’ “Emperor of Haiti”……………………………………………………………..88

 

Chapter 5: “A City Upon a Hill”: Haiti, Religion, and Race:  Frederick Douglass’

Freedom Discourse and The Significance of The Haitian Revolution as a Freedom Event in Modernity……………………………………………………………..118

 

Notes……………………………………………………………………………………149

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