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Silencing the Monstrous: The Tale of Subversive Women’s Action in Haiti
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Title: Silencing the Monstrous: The Tale of Subversive Women’s Action in Haiti
Series Title: Journal of Undergraduate Research
Physical Description: Serial
Language: English
Creator: Albert, Hananie
Harrison, Faye ( Mentor )
Publisher: University of Florida
Place of Publication: Gainesville, Fla.
Publication Date: 2008
Abstract: This research examines the gendered nature of Haiti’s historical accounts of female agency and focuses on the Fiyet Lalo, Francois Duvalier’s female paramilitary force. The Fiyet Lalo played a crucial role in Duvalier’s assent to and maintenance of power. However, the context that gave rise to the Fiyet Lalo and that prefaces the subversive brand of agency they exercised during the Duvalier reign is not critically addressed in historical canons. This research contends that rise of the Fiyet Lalo can be traced to three things: the perennial division in Haitian history between the nation and the state, the subsequent marginalization and mythologization of the woman’s voice in the historical narrative and finally, the formation of Haitian feminist organizations that seemed to work to the exclusion of women in the classes. Both the state, as the body politic organized for civil rule and the Haitian citizens, as bearers of nationalism, propagate distinct brands of history with different intents. This research examines two categories of narratives: the dominant narratives—based in seminal historical texts that corroborate the Haitian state’s definition of history, and the counter narrative—texts that garner legitimacy because their incorporation and reliance upon the nation’s folk history in order to assess the representation of female agency. This research, thus, negotiates a theoretical model which explicates the historiographic practices which mediate gender and national identity through selective silencing.
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Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: University of Florida
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