[Blackstudies-l] Martin Munro’s “Tropical Apocalypse: Haiti and the Caribbean End Times"”

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ivetteromero posted: " On my list of books to read as soon as possible is
Tropical Apocalypse: Haiti and the Caribbean End Times (University of
Virginia Press, 2015). Mark D. Anderson (University of Georgia, author
of Disaster Writing: The Cultural Politics of Catastrophe in "
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*On my list of books to read as soon as possible is Tropical Apocalypse:
Haiti and the Caribbean End Times
<http://www.upress.virginia.edu/title/4830> (University of Virginia Press,
2015). Mark D. Anderson (University of Georgia, author of Disaster Writing:
The Cultural Politics of Catastrophe in Latin America) describes: “**Tropical
Apocalypse** is a fascinating and informative study of recent Haitian
cultural representations of a series of natural and man-made disasters. In
addition to appealing to a wide audience of specialists, this book will
inspire and enlighten the thousands who travel to Haiti as members of
religious and humanitarian missions, as it will help them understand how
Haitians conceive of their own reality.”*

*Description*: In *Tropical Apocalypse*, Martin Munro argues that since the
earliest days of European colonization, Caribbean—and especially
Haitian—history has been shaped by apocalyptic events so that the region
has, in effect, been living for centuries in an end time without end. By
engaging with the contemporary apocalyptic turn in Caribbean studies and
lived reality, he not only provides important historical contextualization
for a general understanding of apocalypse in the region but also offers an
account of the state of Haitian society and culture in the decades before
the 2010 earthquake. Inherently interdisciplinary, his work ranges widely
through Caribbean and Haitian thought, historiography, political discourse,
literature, film, religion, and ecocriticism in its exploration of whether
culture in these various forms can shape the future of a country.

The author begins by situating the question of the Caribbean apocalypse in
relation to broader, global narratives of the apocalyptic present, notably
Slavoj Žižek's *Living in the End Times*. Tracing the evolution of
apocalyptic thought in Caribbean literature from Negritude up to the
present, he notes the changes from the early work of Aimé Césaire; through
an anti-apocalyptic period in which writers such as Frantz Fanon, Antonio
Benítez-Rojo, Édouard Glissant, and Michael Dash have placed more emphasis
on lived experience and the interrelatedness of cultures and societies; to
a contemporary stage in which versions of the apocalyptic reappear in the
work of David Scott and Mark Anderson.

*Martin Munro* is Winthrop-King Professor of French and Francophone Studies
and Director of the Winthrop-King Institute for Contemporary French and
Francophone Studies, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida. His
publications include *Different Drummers: Rhythm and Race in the
Americas*, *Writing
on the Fault Line: Haitian Literature and the Earthquake of 2010*, *Tropical
Apocalypse: Haiti and the Caribbean End Times
<http://books.upress.virginia.edu/detail%2Fbooks%2Fgroup-4830.xml>*, and
the edited collections *Edwidge Danticat: A Reader’s Guide* and *The
Haunted Tropics: Caribbean Ghost Stories
<https://repeatingislands.com/2015/10/06/new-book-the-haunted-tropics-caribbean-ghost-stories/>.*

For purchasing information, see http://www.upress.virginia.edu/title/4830
*ivetteromero <http://repeatingislands.com/author/ivetteromero/>* |
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