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- DescriptionStella, first published in 1859, is an imaginative retelling of Haiti's fight for independence from slavery and French colonialism. Set during the years of the Haitian Revolution (1791-1804), Stella tells the story of two brothers, Romulus and Remus, who help transform their homeland from the French colony of Saint-Domingue to the independent republic of Haiti. Inspired by the sacrifice of their African mother Marie and Stella, the spirit of Liberty, Romulus and Remus must learn to work together to found a new country based on the principles of freedom and equality. This new translation and critical edition of Emeric Bergeaud's allegorical vel makes Stella available to English-speaking audiences for the first time. Considered the first vel written by a Haitian, Stella tells of the devastation and deprivation that colonialism and slavery wrought upon Bergeaud's homeland. Unique among nineteenth-century accounts, Stella gives a pro-Haitian version of the Haitian Revolution, a bloody but just struggle that emancipated a people, and it charges future generations with remembering the sacrifices and glory of their victory. Bergeaud's vel demonstrates that the Haitians-t the French-are the true inheritors of the French Revolution, and that Haiti is the realization of its republican ideals. At a time in which Haitian Studies is becoming increasingly important within the English-speaking world, this edition calls attention to the rich though under-examined world of nineteenth-century Haiti.
- Author BiographyChristen Mucher is an Assistant Professor of American Studies at Smith College. Lesley S. Curtis is a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow of Comparative Literature at Newhouse Center for the Humanities at Wellesley College.
- Author(s)Christen Mucher,Emeric Bergeaud
- PublisherNew York University Press
- Date of Publication28/08/2015
- SubjectRegional History
- Series TitleAmerica and the Long 19th Century
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintNew York University Press
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight485 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine18 mm
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