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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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How Not to Read Junot Díaz

How Not to Read Junot Díaz

Diasporic Dominican Masculinity and Its Returns

(p.123) 5 How Not to Read Junot Díaz
Masculinity after Trujillo

Maja Horn

University Press of Florida

This chapter foregrounds the work of Junot Díaz, the most renowned Dominican American writer since he received the Pulitzer Prize in 2008 for his novel The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (2007). Through my analysis of this novel, along with Díaz’s most recent short story collection, This Is How You Lose Her (2012), I show how global impulses have provided important alternatives to ingrained Dominican gender repertoires, especially for younger generations of Dominicans. However, at the same time, I argue that Díaz’s writing also attests to the lasting desirability of hegemonic notions of masculinity for Dominican men and women, which does not wane in the Dominican diaspora and with increasing globalization but instead can be problematically reinforced by these.

Keywords:   Junot Díaz, Dominican American literature, Diaspora, Migration, Masculinity, Gender

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