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Divergent Dictions
Contemporary Dominican Literature
Nstor E. Rodrguez
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"In the cultural production of the contemporary Hispanic Caribbean, there exist texts that are defined by their uncomfortable position in relation to the cultural doxa that serve as their backdrop and intellectual reference point. Over the last thirty years, this iconoclastic strand has become stronger in the literary production from Cuba, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. Its characteristic tendency is to offer an account of the fundamental transformations of the Caribbean ethos. These transformations are the direct result of local adaptations to the global pressures exerted on culture and daily social practices. Literature is thus redefined as a space in which fragile models of cultural identity begin to diverge from accounts that normalize national identity. The present study analyzes this critical impulse in the literary imagination of the Spanish-speaking Caribbean, concentrating on the literary and cultural history of the Dominican Republic, an area that tends to be neglected in academia."
10/01/10, Caribbean Studies Press Cat # CSP5660, 180pp, Paperback
ISBN 978-1-58432-654-0
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