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Postcolonial EcologiesLiteratures of the Environment$
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Elizabeth DeLoughrey and George B. Handley

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780195394429

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195394429.001.0001

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Haiti’s Elusive Paradise

Haiti’s Elusive Paradise

(p.62) 2 Haiti’s Elusive Paradise
Postcolonial Ecologies

LeGrace Benson

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on the Edenic garden, a ubiquitous trope in which artists from Haiti merge African and New World ecologies in their visual mapping of place. More precisely, it explores the implications of the Edenic garden for the environmental and economic devastation of Haiti. It also considers the link between the Haitian artists’ idealized landscape paintings and global tourism in Haiti. Finally, it discusses the economics, politics, linguistics, and religion underlying the relationships between visual art and the ecological systems within which the artists create.

Keywords:   place, Edenic garden, artists, Haiti, landscape paintings, tourism, economics, politics, religion, visual art

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