Historical Context

Literary Heritage
Haiti is a country long marked by its political unrest and economic depravity as a result of years...

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Literary Style

Danticat's story begins slowly, told with a languid, measured pace, set in a traditional agrarian society, and...

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Bibliography and Further Reading

Adlerberg, Scott. ‘‘The Farming of Bones,’’ in Richmond Review (online), 2000.


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(Literary Essentials: African American Literature)

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.”...

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Topics for Further Study

  • Research the 1937 massacre of Haitians by Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo and compare it to more recent ethnic genocides in Rwanda and...

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What Do I Read Next?

  • Danticat's Krik? Krak! is a collection of short stories set in Haiti. The title comes from a traditional Haitian custom of...

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