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Black Radical Tragic"Performance, Aesthetics, and the Unfinished Haitian Revolution"$
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Jeremy Matthew Glick

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781479844425

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479844425.001.0001

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Haitian Revolutionary Encounters

Haitian Revolutionary Encounters

Eugene O’Neill, Sergei Eisenstein, and Orson Welles

(p.54) 1 Haitian Revolutionary Encounters
Black Radical Tragic

Jeremy Matthew Glick

NYU Press

This chapter engages three Haitian revolutionary “Lines of Flight”: the late-night forest run of the title character of Eugene O’Neill’s The Emperor Jones, a lesson given by Sergei Eisenstein to his film students in Moscow on how to film Haitian revolutionary combatant Dessalines’s flight out a window, and Orson Welles’s radio play on the Haitian Revolution. I examine how the Haitian Revolution inspires and focuses three examples of avant-garde performance and works as a political referent to focus political and philosophical thought pertaining to slavery, revolution, and the importance of aesthetic form.

Keywords:   Sergei Eisenstein, The Emperor Jones, slavery, “Lines of Flight”

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