Bibliography and Further Reading
Hewett, Heather. “At the Crossroads: Disability and Trauma in The Farming of Bones.” MELUS 31, no. 3 (Fall, 2006): 123-145. Examines Danticat’s use of symbols with respect to the mythology of voodoo and the themes of disability, death, and healing.
Hicks, Albert C. Blood in the Streets: The Life and Rule of Trujillo. New York: Creative Age Press, 1946. An American journalist’s contemporary account of the 1937 massacre of twenty thousand Haitians in the Dominican Republic. Danticat calls this the most powerful book that her research uncovered.
Lyons, Bonnie. “Edwidge Danticat.” Contemporary Literature 44, no. 2 (Summer, 2003): 183-198. Offers a brief history of Danticat’s life in Haiti and the United States, as well as background for the continuing tensions of the novel.
Shemak, April. “Re-membering Hispaniola: Edwidge Danticat’s The Farming of Bones.” Modern Fiction Studies 48, no. 1 (Spring, 2002): 83-112. Particularly fine, wide-ranging discussion of how the continued mutilation of Haitian bodies symbolizes the repressive nature of Dominican nationalism.
Trescott, Jacqueline. “Edwidge Danticat: Personal History.” The Washington Post, October 11, 1999, p. C2. Excellent short article exploring Danticat’s life and the culture that motivated her.
Wucker, Michele. Why the Cocks Fight: Dominicans, Haitians, and the Struggle for Hispaniola. New York: Hill and Wang, 1999. Colorful study of social and racial relationships between the two nations, including a chapter on the 1937 massacre and a helpful glossary of Haitian and Dominican terms.