Title

Making It Home: A New Ethics of Immigration in Dominican Literature

Document Type

Book Chapter

Publication Date

2010

Keywords

Dominican Republic, Black Girl, White Girl, Puerto Rican Woman, Narrative Ethic

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

https://doi.org/10.1057/9780230107892_6

Abstract

Despite the media omnipresence of celebrities of Hispanic descent such as Reggaeton star Daddy Yankee, entertainer Jennifer Lopez, actress America Ferrera, and athlete Sammy Sosa, the ordinary people whom Spanish Caribbean writers depict remain a marginalized portion of U.S. society. This essay discusses how the contemporary immigration narratives of Dominic an American writer Junot Díaz are distinct not only from modernist European immigrant literatures that privilege acculturation but also from Spanish Caribbean exile narratives that privilege nostalgia. Díaz’s fiction theorizes Dominican migration and the migrants’ experiences of poverty, disillusion, and non-belonging in Latina/o America.

Was this content written or created while at USF?

Yes

Citation / Publisher Attribution

Making It Home: A New Ethics of Immigration in Dominican Literature, in V. P. Rosario (Ed.), Hispanic Caribbean Literature of Migration, Palgrave Macmillan, p. 89-103

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