The Caribbean Studies Working Group at the Walker Institute of International Studies invited Professor Dalleo to discuss his book, American Imperialism’s Undead: The Occupation of Haiti and the Rise of Caribbean Anticolonialism.
In a review published on H-France Review, John Strachan calls Bourdieu and Postcolonial Studies “a successful and illuminating synthesis of new and previously published material, theoretical engagement, and rigorous sociological analysis” that “invites readers to rethink their understanding of literary centers and margins and the flow of power between them.” As a result, the book makes “a persuasive and reassuring defense of the possibilities for resistance, opposition, and renewal in postcolonial literature and postcolonial studies.” Read the full review here.
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.
American Imperialism’s Undead has won the 2017 Gordon K. and Sibyl Lewis Prize for best book about the Caribbean, awarded by the Caribbean Studies Association. According to CSA, the prize is the organization’s most prestigious award.
Prize committee chair Carole Boyce Davies describes the book as “accessible and well-written” with a “deep, continuous argument” based on “wide and deep research.” The book effectively “uses literature to make links across the Caribbean” even while being “fully interdisciplinary.” As a result, it “expands the boundaries of Haitian, pan-Caribbean, and pan-African studies.”
For more about the book, visit http://occupationundead.scholar.bucknell.edu/
As part of the panel “Publishing the Nation: Creolized Language in Caribbean Novels,” Raphael Dalleo presented an excerpt from his new book at the 2017 Caribbean Studies Association conference in Nassau, Bahamas. He presented a section called “The Occupation of Haiti and the U.S. Culture Industry: Caribbean Responses.” Other participants in the panel included Emily Taylor, Cathy Thomas, and Keja Valens.