Mapping Hispaniola (eBook)
Third Space In Dominican And Haitian Literature
de Megan Jeanette Myers
Sobre o livro
Because of their respective histories of colonization and independence,the Spanish-speaking Dominican Republic has developed into the largest economy of the Caribbean,while Haiti, occupying the western side of their shared island of Hispaniola, has become one ofthe poorest countries in the Americas. While some scholars have pointed to such disparities asdefinitive of the islands literature, Megan Jeanette Myers challenges this reduction byconsidering how certain literary texts confront the dominant and, at times, exaggeratedanti-Haitian Dominican ideology.
Myers examines the antagonistic portrayal ofthe two nationsfrom the anti-Haitian rhetoric of the intellectual elites of Dominican dictatorRafael Trujillos rule to the writings of Julia Alvarez, Junot Díaz, and others ofthe Haitian diasporaendeavoring to reposition Haiti on the literary map of the DominicanRepublic and beyond. Focusing on representations of the Haitian-Dominican dynamic that veer fromthe dominant history,Mapping Hispaniola disrupts the"magnification" and repetition of a Dominican anti-Haitiannarrative.