chapter  3
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Rasanblaj

Scholarship of care
WithKasia Mika

In this context, the 2010 earthquake and the literature it has inspired have a crucial role to play in advancing new narratives of Haiti and new approaches to disasters, vulnerability, reconstruction and recovery. Weaving together distinct insights on the earthquake, Disasters, Vulnerability, and Narratives: Writing Haiti's Futures is a rasanblaj, a Haitian Kreyòl term that encompasses, in Gina Athena Ulysse's poignant and rigorous meditation of it, '[an] assembly, compilation, enlisting, regrouping. Disaster Time' – focusing on time, temporality and the history of the disaster – is a comparative study of Martin's Le Tremblement: Haïti, le 12 janvier 2010 (2010) and Saint-Éloi's Haïti kenbe la! 35 secondes et mon pays à reconstruire(2010). Disaster Space' – concentrating on place and landscape, their pre- and post-disaster reshapings – directly builds on this notion of untimeliness in order to examine the different ways in which the past, present and future of local island landscapes are reconfigured and envisaged.