Maria Cristina Fumagalli’s On the Edge: Writing the Border Between Haiti and the Dominican Republic

On The Edge is a book high on my reading list. But Amazon says it will only come out in hardcover by June, 2015, and the price is prohibitive for many of us. We can still urge our libraries to acquire it, and if we see it fitting, find ways to use it in the classroom.

Could not find evidence of a Kindle edition, and could not read even a page from the author’s hands, but in an editorial review Lizabeth Paravisini-Gebert says: “Anchored in a detailed understanding of the history of this complex and deeply conflicted contact zone, and offering insightful readings of the broadest possible range of literary and artistic works, the book challenges static representations of the border, offering in their stead innovative and multi-layered interpretations of the role of mobility and permeability in creating a multi-ethnic transnational territory that both bridges and separates the peoples of Haiti and the Dominican Republic. The book’s depth of research and analysis will make it the must-read study for anyone interested in this often-misunderstood contact zone.”

It is definitively needed and promising.

Repeating Islands

9781781381601I love this book, which I read in manuscript form and enthusiastically recommended. This is what I had to say about the manuscript, which offers a most comprehensive study for anyone interested in the dynamics of the Haitian-Dominican border:

Maria Cristina Fumagalli’s remarkable On the Edge: Writing the Border between Haiti and the Dominican Republic offers the most richly nuanced study of the Haiti-Dominican border to date. Anchored in a detailed understanding of the history of this complex and deeply conflicted contact zone, and offering insightful readings of the broadest possible range of literary and artistic works, the book challenges static representations of the border, offering in their stead innovative and multi-layered interpretations of the role of mobility and permeability in creating a multi-ethnic transnational territory that both bridges and separates the peoples of Haiti and the Dominican Republic. The book’s depth of research and analysis will make it the…

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