A review of American Imperialism’s Undead by Kaiama Glover appears in the most recent issue of Caribbean Quarterly. Glover calls the book “truly wonderful and captivating.”
Glover writes that “American Imperialism’s Undead is not ‘just’ important because it resurrects and meticulously examines a neglected corner of the Caribbean past, though this is, of course, one of the project’s most crucial interventions. Dalleo’s book proposes, above all, a convincing articulation of the stakes of historiography vis-à-vis the lived experiences and material realities of those living in the Caribbean and in constant struggle with the long-historical imperialist impulse of the United States. This book recalls – and calls out – familiar processes of silencing and disavowal, and it makes clear that the United States’ denial of its imperial agenda paves the way for its repeated foreign interventions. In this respect, Dalleo’s inquiry has a contemporary, ‘real-world’ significance that resonates in the very bones of the project. The book does exactly the kind of nation-language-busting, transnational, and transcolonial work that all scholars of the Global South should endeavour to make foundational to their own research projects. It is the kind of work that recognises the undeniable impact of North Atlantic imperialist ventures while thinking deeply about the local and regional engagements that reconfigure, resist, and otherwise inflect such neocolonial agendas.”
Kaiama Glover is associate professor of French and Africana Studies at Barnard College. She is author of Haiti Unbound: A Spiralist Challenge to the Postcolonial Canon, and is one of the PBS history detectives.
Read the full review in Caribbean Quarterly.