Representations of the Haitian Revolution in French Fiction

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Hoffmann, Léon-François, Princeton University. "Representations of the Haitian Revolution in French Fiction." The Haitian Revolution: Viewed 200 Years After, an International Scholarly Conference. John Carter Brown Library, Providence, RI. June 20, 2004.


Following are rough notes of Hoffmann's presentation, taken by Stuart Maxwell on June 20, 2004.

  • In the few French literary references to the revolution - and there are very few - the word "revolution" was assiduously avoided in favor of words like "revolt, uprising, mutiny, perfidy" and so on.
  • The French today remain unaware of the revolution.