Why the Cocks Fight

Author: Michele Wucker
Publisher: Hill and Wang
ISBN: 1466867884
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Like two roosters in a fighting arena, Haiti and the Dominican Republic are encircled by barriers of geography and poverty. They co-inhabit the Caribbean island of Hispaniola, but their histories are as deeply divided as their cultures: one French-speaking and black, one Spanish-speaking and mulatto. Yet, despite their antagonism, the two countries share a national symbol in the rooster--and a fundamental activity and favorite sport in the cockfight. In this book, Michele Wucker asks: "If the symbols that dominate a culture accurately express a nation's character, what kind of a country draws so heavily on images of cockfighting and roosters, birds bred to be aggressive? What does it mean when not one but two countries that are neighbors choose these symbols? Why do the cocks fight, and why do humans watch and glorify them?" Wucker studies the cockfight ritual in considerable detail, focusing as much on the customs and histories of these two nations as on their contemporary lifestyles and politics. Her well-cited and comprehensive volume also explores the relations of each nation toward the United States, which twice invaded both Haiti (in 1915 and 1994) and the Dominican Republic (in 1916 and 1965) during the twentieth century. Just as the owners of gamecocks contrive battles between their birds as a way of playing out human conflicts, Wucker argues, Haitian and Dominican leaders often stir up nationalist disputes and exaggerate their cultural and racial differences as a way of deflecting other kinds of turmoil. Thus Why the Cocks Fight highlights the factors in Caribbean history that still affect Hispaniola today, including the often contradictory policies of the U.S.

On the Edge

Author: Maria Cristina Fumagalli
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 1781381607
Format: PDF, ePub
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On the Edge: Writing the Border between Haiti and the Dominican Republic is a literary and cultural history which brings to the fore a compelling but, so far, largely neglected body of work which has the politics of borderline-crossing as well as the poetics of borderland-dwelling on Hispaniola at its core. Over thirty fictional and non-fictional literary texts (novels, biographical narratives, memoirs, plays, poems, and travel writing), are given detailed attention alongside journalism, geo-political-historical accounts of the status quo on the island, and striking visual interventions (films, sculptures, paintings, photographs, videos and artistic performances), many of which are sustained and complemented by different forms of writing (newspaper cuttings, graffiti, captions, song lyrics, screenplay, tattoos). Dominican, Dominican-American, Haitian and Haitian-American writers and artists are put in dialogue with authors who were born in Europe, the rest of the Americas, Algeria, New Zealand, and Japan in order to illuminate some of the processes and histories that have woven and continue to weave the texture of the borderland and the complex web of border relations on the island. Particular attention is paid to the causes, unfolding, and immediate aftermath of the 1791 slave revolt, the 1937 massacre of Haitians and Haitian-Dominicans in the Dominican Northern borderland as well as to recent events and topical issues such as the 2010 earthquake, migration, and environmental degradation. On the Edge is an invaluable multicultural archive for those who want to engage fully with the past and present of Hispaniola and refuse to comply with the idea that an acceptable future is unattainable.

Yolanda

Author: Julia Alvarez
Publisher: Piper ebooks
ISBN: 349297726X
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Yolanda Garcia, temperamentvoll, exzentrisch und in der Dominikanischen Republik geboren, will eigentlich nur eines: schreiben – was aber gar nicht so einfach ist in den USA, wohin sie als Kind mit ihren Eltern und Schwestern ausgewandert ist. Da ist ihre lebenslustige und liebenswerte Familie, die an ihr zerrt, da sind ihre Ehemänner und Liebhaber. Vor allem ist da aber das Gefühl, nirgends dazuzugehören. Erzählt wird Yolandas Leben von ihren lebhaften Schwestern, von Freundinnen, ihren diversen Liebhabern und Ehemännern. Auch die neue Heimat Yolandas die USA wird von verschiedenen Seiten betrachtet, genauso wie die märchenhafte Dominikanische Republik aus der die Familie einst floh, in die es die impulsive Yolanda aber immer wieder zurückzieht.

Lockout

Author: Michele Wucker
Publisher: Public Affairs
ISBN: 9781586485238
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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Explores the current conflict within the United States about immigration policies, discussing the idea that immigrants must relinquish their native culture to fully assimilate into society and how this directly contradicts America's history of immigration.

Haiti

Author: Nicolas L. Pauyo
Publisher: AuthorHouse
ISBN: 1463405677
Format: PDF
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Die Zeit der Schmetterlinge

Author: Julia Alvarez
Publisher: Piper Edition
ISBN: 3492977243
Format: PDF, Mobi
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»Ich sammelte alles Material über die ebenso tapferen wie schönen Frauen. Mich ließ die Frage nicht los: Woher hatten sie diesen ungewöhnlichen Mut genommen?« Schön, klug und mutig sind die Widerstandskämpferinnen Minerva, Patria, Maria Teresa und Dedé Mirabal. Die vier Schwestern, genannt »die Schmetterlinge« wurden hinterrücks von den Schergen Trujillo, des Diktators der Dominikanischen Republik ermordet. Nur Dedé kam davon. Julia Alvarez zeichnet die außergewöhnlichen Lebensgeschichten der vier Schwestern nach. Jede kommt selbst zu Wort und schildert aus ihrer Sicht ihre Kindheit, ihre erste Liebe, ihre Familie und schließlich das politische Erwachen und den Mut den Diktator Trujillo zu bekämpfen.

Im Namen der Salom

Author: Julia Alvarez
Publisher: Piper Edition
ISBN: 3492977251
Format: PDF, ePub
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»Die Geschichte meines Lebens beginnt mit der Geschichte meines Landes«, so beginnt die Erzählung um Salomé Ureña. Als Salomé 1870 beginnt, Gedichte über ihr Land zu schreiben, kommt dies einer Revolution gleich. Sie heiratet den unsteten Pancho, um dessen Liebe sie lange kämpfen musste, kurze Zeit später stirbt Salomé schwer lungenkrank und lässt ihre dreijährige Tochter Camila zurück. Jahre später versucht Camila das Schicksal ihrer berühmten und unglücklichen Mutter zu rekonstruieren. Julia Alvarez verknüpft die Biografien zweier engagierter Frauen zu einer poetischen Familiensaga: Das dramatische Leben der karibischen Dichterin Salomé Ureña und das ihrer Tochter Camila, die sich im Exil auf die Suche nach den Beweggründen der geliebten Mutter macht.