Thursday, December 27, 2012
R3 Contributor Publishes New Book
R3 Contributor Celucien L. Joseph has published a new book, "Race, Religion, and The Haitian Revolution." The book explores the intersections of history, race, religion, decolonization, and revolutionary freedom leading to the founding of the postcolonial state, the Caribbean nation of Haiti, in 1804. Particular attention is given to the place of religion in this freedom story. The book not only examines the multiple legacies and the problem of Enlightenment modernity, imperial colonialism, Western racism and hegemony, but also studies their complex relationships with the institution of slavery, religion, and Black freedom. This present work is a collection of five interdisciplinary essays, which underscore the role of faith in Black Atlantic discourse and Haitian thought in shaping the lives of the people in the Black Diaspora and the Haitian people in particular. Topics range from Makandal's Postcolonial religious imagination to Boukman's Liberation Theology, Langston Hughes' discussion of the role of prophetic religion in the Haitian Revolution to Frederick Douglass' critiques of Christianity as a "slave religion;" the text also brings in conversation Du Bois's theory of double consciousness with Fanon's theory of decolonization and revolutionary humanism.