Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

"Representing the Revolutionary: The Afterlives of Toussaint Louverture"- A Talk by Charles Forsdick

February 24th, 2015
6:00-7:30 PM

LBC Rechler Conference Room

A talk by Charles Forsdick, University of Liverpool, titled “Representing the Revolutionary: The Afterlives of Toussaint Louverture.”

Toussaint Louverture, a defiantly ambiguous vehicle of Haiti and its revolutionary tradition, has consistently refused to go away. He is a wandering, travelling revolutionary, who has been uprooted, displaced, deterritorialized, and, in such processes, has been at the same time instrumentalized and mythologized. In his talk, Professor Forsdick argues that Louverture¹s wandering, together with the overtones of spectrality to which it is related, provides a key figure for understanding the Haitian revolutionary’s afterlives and posthumous impact.

Charles Forsdick is James Barrow Professor of French at the University of Liverpool. He has published widely on travel writing, colonial history, postcolonial literature and the cultures of slavery. He is also a specialist on Haiti and the Haitian Revolution. His publications include Victor Segalen and the Aesthetics of Diversity (Oxford UP, 2000), Travel in Twentieth-Century French and Francophone Cultures (Oxford UP, 2005), and the forthcoming Black Jacobins Reader (Duke UP), among others.

For more information, please contact Oana Sabo at