Il Tolomeo | 20 | 2018
Stanley Péan et l’interculturalité en diaspora
Musique, zombis et marasa pour une haïtianité revisitée.
Università Ca' Foscari Venezia
Submitted 24 Jul 2018
Accepted 03 Sep 2018
In spite of being viewed as a young writer until the ’90s, Stanley Péan is now known as one of the most distinctive and established voices in the Haitian-Canadian literary scene. The pivotal moment in his career happened in 1996, when Zombi Blues was published. This novel displays a cultural space in which Haitian traditions and Canadian modernity converge and allow intercultural exchange to take place. Drawing from this perspective, the following article aims to analyse how Péan creates a fictional universe through the blending of cultural elements. Using the collection of myths and beliefs that permeate the Haitian and African cultural panorama as a reference point, we will investigate the ways in which Péan adapted and transposed these traditions to the Haitian diasporic context. Particular attention will be given to the use of jazz and African American music, as well as to the reinterpretation of mythological creatures such as the zombie and the marasa twins. Hence, the article tries to show how Péan’s cultural crossroad contributes to the foundation of a new literary interpretation of Haitianity.
Stanley Péan. Interculturalism. Haïtianité. Diaspora. Music and semiotics. Fantastic. Marasa and zombie.