The Haitian Flight for Freedom in Maryse Condé’s Rêves amers and Marie-Célie Agnant’s Alexis d’Haïti
This article analyzes how Maryse Condé and Marie-Célie Agnant portray the struggles faced by Haitian “boat people” in their novels Rêves amers and Alexis d’Haïti which feature child protagonists forced to leave their homeland in search of a better life in the United States. As children and migrants, they are often forgotten and misrepresented in official histories. I argue that by restoring the voices of the most vulnerable, Condé and Agnant rectify what Michel-Rolph Trouillot labels the “silencing of the past”1 of Haitian history.
Contemporary French and Francophone Studies
DOI of Published Version
Molly Krueger Enz (2018). The Haitian Flight for Freedom in Maryse Condé’s Rêves amers and Marie-Célie Agnant’s Alexis d’Haïti, Contemporary French and Francophone Studies, 22:5, 553-561, DOI: 10.1080/17409292.2018.1580470