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Unsettled StatesNineteenth-Century American Literary Studies$
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Dana Luciano and Ivy Wilson

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781479857722

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479857722.001.0001

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A Coda

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Unsettled States

Ivy G. Wilson

NYU Press

This concluding chapter cites Haiti—its shadow relationship to the United States; its minor and minoritarian archives; its role as a ligament in the body of hemispheric history—to draw parallels between the various models of minoritarian criticism presented in the book. Presenting these parallels also demands the drawing of links between the figurative and everyday, that is, the costs of moving ground that is most recently signified by the Haitian earthquake. In seeking to reframe the terrain of political critique, the 2010 earthquake in Haiti stands as a tragic reminder of its stakes: not an excavating of deeper and new meanings, but rather the forceful eruption of them. The chapter stresses on how the book aims to move critical discourse out of its divided formations, and instead wade in an ongoing uncertainty that can take no refuge in the calm waters identified as nineteenth-century American literature.

Keywords:   Haiti, 2010 Haiti earthquake, minortarian archives, minortarian criticism, political critique, nineteenth-century American literature

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