While historians have increasingly marked the Haitian Revolution as a key moment in the history of the Atlantic world, literary depictions of the revolution and events surrounding it have remained little known among contemporary readers. By exploring a broad range of works from writers living in the Atlantic world, Marlene Daut has uncovered a transatlantic abolitionist literary culture that was shaped in many ways by imagining Haiti.
Marlene L. Daut is associate professor of English at the University of Virginia. Her first book, Tropics of Haiti: Race and the Literary History of the Haitian Revolution in the Atlantic World, 1789–1865 (2015), examined the connection between 18th- and 19th-century scientific debates about race and the Haitian Revolution in U.S., Haitian, and European colonial literatures. Her second book, Baron de Vastey and the Origins of Black Atlantic Humanism (forthcoming) will be the first single-authored, book-length exploration of the Haitian author and politician Baron de Vastey. This year, as the Josephus Daniels Fellow at the National Humanities Center she is working on An Anthology of Haitian Revolutionary Fictions (Age of Slavery).