Marlene Daut
Professor of African Diaspora Studies, University of Virginia

Marlene L Daut is professor of African diaspora studies in the Carter G Woodson Institute and the programme in American studies at the University of Virginia. She is the author of Baron de Vastey and the Origins of Black Atlantic Humanism (2017), Tropics of Haiti: Race and the Literary History of the Haitian Revolution in the Atlantic World, 1789-1865 (2015); and the forthcoming collection An Anthology of Haitian Revolutionary Fictions, edited with Grégory Pierrot and Marion Rohrleitner.

Written by Marlene Daut

Children playing in the remains of King Henry’s Sans-Souci Palace in Milot, Haiti, 8 September 2017. Photo by Andres Martinez Casares/Reuters

Essay/
Nations and empires
The king of Haiti’s dream

How a utopian vision of Black freedom and self-government was undone in a world still in thrall to slavery and racism

Marlene L Daut