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The New Urban Atlantic

Baron de Vastey and the Origins of Black Atlantic Humanism

Authors: Daut, Marlene L.

  • Brings to light the contributions of Haitian statesman Baron de Vastey in the development of postcolonial and critical race theory
  • Demonstrates the influence of de Vastey's writings and the work of prominent nineteenth and early twentieth-century abolitionists and anti-colonialists
  • Argues for the significance of writing by people of color from French Saint-Domingue dating to before formal Haitian independence 
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Focusing on the influential life and works of the Haitian political writer and statesman, Baron de Vastey (1781-1820), in this book Marlene L. Daut examines the legacy of Vastey’s extensive writings as a form of what she calls black Atlantic humanism, a discourse devoted to attacking the enlightenment foundations of colonialism. Daut argues that Vastey, the most important secretary of Haiti’s King Henry Christophe, was a pioneer in a tradition of deconstructing colonial racism and colonial slavery that is much more closely associated with twentieth-century writers like W.E.B. Du Bois, Frantz Fanon, and Aimé Césaire. By expertly forging exciting new historical and theoretical connections among Vastey and these later twentieth-century writers, as well as eighteenth- and nineteenth-century black Atlantic authors, such as Phillis Wheatley, Olaudah Equiano, William Wells Brown, and Harriet Jacobs, Daut proves that any understanding of the genesis of Afro-diasporic thought must include Haiti’s Baron de Vastey.

About the authors

Marlene L. Daut is Associate Professor of African Diaspora Studies in the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African American and African Studies and the Program in American Studies at the University of Virginia. She is the author of Tropics of Haiti: Race and the Literary History of the Haitian Revolution in the Atlantic World, 1789-1865 (2015).

Table of contents (5 chapters)

  • Introduction: Baron de Vastey in Haitian (Revolutionary) Context

    Daut, Marlene L.

    Pages 1-26

  • What’s in a Name? Unfolding the Consequences of a Mistaken Identity

    Daut, Marlene L.

    Pages 27-62

  • The Uses of Vastey: Reading Black Sovereignty in the Atlantic Public Sphere

    Daut, Marlene L.

    Pages 63-109

  • Baron de Vastey’s Testimonio and the Politics of Black Memory

    Daut, Marlene L.

    Pages 111-133

  • Baron de Vastey and the Twentieth-Century Theater of Haitian Independence

    Daut, Marlene L.

    Pages 135-181

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eBook £56.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-47067-6
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover £72.00
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-47969-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Baron de Vastey and the Origins of Black Atlantic Humanism
Authors
Series Title
The New Urban Atlantic
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-47067-6
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-47067-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-47969-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXXIX, 244
Number of Illustrations and Tables
8 b/w illustrations
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