We would like to inform you that Dr. Celucien L. Joseph, President of CRDF, has published his second book entitled From Toussaint to Price-Mars: Rhetoric, Race, and Religion in Haitian Thought (2013). It is now available on Amazon or Create Space for purchase.
In From Toussaint to Price-Mars: Rhetoric, Race, and Religion in Haitian Thought, Scholar, Intellectual, and Theologian Celucien L. Joseph engages Haiti’s intellectual history by focusing on the ideas and writings of Haiti’s four most important thinkers and writers: Toussaint Louverture, Joseph Antenor Firmin, Jacques Roumain, and Jean Price-Mars—ranging from the eighteenth to the twentieth-century. The basic argument Professor Joseph articulates in this text is that Haiti has produced a strong intellectual tradition from the revolutionary era to the postcolonial present, and that Haitian thought has not been homogeneous or unevolved—whether the subject might be history, religion, race, literature, or culture. Hence, the book explores the rich diversity of Haitian intellectual history with regard to its cross-disciplinary and intersectional content.
By carefully examining the ideas of Toussaint, Firmin, Roumain, and Price-Mars, Professor Joseph contends that the general interweaving themes of rhetoric, the race concept, race vindication, universal emancipation, religious unorthodoxy, secular humanism, the particular and the universal, and cosmopolitanism are representative of Haiti’s intellectual tradition. Haitian intellectuals and writers have almost never separated these prevalent motifs from each other and in their work.
Correspondingly, From Toussaint to Price-Mars is a work on history of ideas and an attempt to grasp the intersections of rhetoric, religious ideas, race, and secular humanism in Haiti’s intellectual history, as well as the various ways they crisscross each other. As a scholar and interpreter of the human experience, Professor Joseph seeks to analyze the thought of Haitian writers and intellectuals in their regional, international, and cosmopolitan context, and with all their complexity and paradoxes. This sequel is an expansion of what he has formerly called in his first book—Race, Religion, and the Haitian Revolution: Essays on Faith, Freedom, and Decolonization—“Haitian modernity.”
List of Illustrations, vii
Introduction: Engaging Race and Religion, 1
PART I: The Rhetoric of Race and Freedom
1 The Politics of Revolutionary Rhetoric of Freedom: Toussaint Louverture as Public Intellectual, Social Activist, and Anticolonial Prophet of Black Freedom and Human Rights, 9
2 To Write for Freedom: The Historic Letter of July
PART II: Engaging the Race Concept and Haitian
3 Anténor Firmin, “the Egyptian Question,” and Afrocentric Imagination, 77
4 Homage to Anténor Firmin, Haitian Egyptologist,
PART III: Reflections on Religion and Critical Theory
5 Faith, Secular Humanism, and Development: A Reading of Jacques Roumain’s Religious Sensibility and Marxist Rhetoric, 167
6 The Rhetoric of Suffering, Hope, and Redemption in Masters of the Dew: A Rhetorical and Politico-Theological Analysis of Manuel as Peasant-Messiah and Redeemer, 226
7 The Religious Imagination and Ideas of Jean Price-Mars, 272
Appendix 1. Lettre de Jean-François, Biassou et Belair Juillet 1792, 304
Appendix 2. À Anténor Firmin (1850-1911), égyptologue haïtien, Théophile Obenga, 310
About the author, 354
1.1 Parallel Reading of Louverture’s declaration and
Isaiah 1:1, 29
1.2 Rhetorical categories group # 1. Toussaint Louverture and fragments of revolutionary rhetoric of freedom.
Textual articulation and visual
1.3. Rhetorical classification group # 2. Toussaint Louverture and fragments of revolutionary
rhetoric of freedom. Textual articulation and visual representation, 53
1.1 Published with permission of the Archives nationales in Paris, France. Signature of Toussaint Louverture, 58
1.2 Toussaint Louverture autographed handwritten letter addressed to General Henri, 75
3.1 Four Portraits: Toussaint, Firmin, Roumain, and
4.1 The Scream white and black Painting, 168
6.1 Haitian Metal Peasant Band Wall Hanging
Oil Drum Art, 271
About the Author
Celucien L. Joseph, Ph.D. (University of Texas at Dallas) is an adjunct Professor of English Language and Literature at Palm Beach State College. Professor Joseph is an interdisciplinary scholar, researcher, and educator; his work is interdisciplinary and intersectional with an emancipative intent. He is interested in the intersections of history, race, religion, literature, cultural identity, and freedom. He is the author of two forthcoming books, Religious Métissage: The Religious Imagination and ideas of Jean Price-Mars (Wipf & Stock) and Faith, Secular Humanism, and Social Development: Jacques Roumain’s Engagements with Religion and Critical Theory (University Press of America, Inc.). His academic research and teaching interests include the following: Transnational Literature; American and African-American Literature; African American Cultural and Intellectual History;Francophone Studies: Africa and the Caribbean; Anglophone Caribbean Literature; Comparative Afro-Caribbean Studies: History and Literature; Comparative Literature of the African Diaspora; Black Internationalism; Postcolonial and Critical Theory; Race and Religion; Religion in the Black Diaspora; Pragmatic Religious Naturalism; Liberation and Constructive Theologies.