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Masculinity after TrujilloThe Politics of Gender in Dominican Literature$
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Maja Horn

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780813049304

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813049304.001.0001

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Still Loving Papi

Still Loving Papi

Globalized Dominican Subjectivities in the Novels of Rita Indiana Hernández

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Masculinity after Trujillo

Maja Horn

University Press of Florida

This chapter addresses how Dominican gender formations are impacted by the globalizing forces of neo-liberalism, tourism, the international media, and mass migration. I approach this question through the lens of a new generation of Dominican writers who emerged in the late 1990s and who challenge views of their presumable lack of political investment and postmodern laissez-faire. Instead, through an analysis of two novels by Rita Indiana Hernández, this new generation’s central figure, I show the profound investment in critiquing the hegemonic formations the Trujillato left in place, including its discourse of gender. However, unlike Contreras, this new generation of writers desist from the possibility of recuperating aspects of autochthonous Dominican culture and ponder the critical possibilities of the new cultural repertoires that globalizing impulses produce in the country.

Keywords:   Rita Indiana Hernández, Dominican Literature, Globalization, Masculinity

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