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The Borders of Dominicanidad


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Table of Contents

Note on Terminology ix

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction. Dominicanidad in Contradiction 2

Part I. Founding the Archive

1. The Galindo Virgins: Violence, Repetition, and the Founding of Dominicanidad 23

2. Of Bandits and Wenches: The US Occupation (1916-1924) and the Criminalization of Dominican Blackness 58

3. Speaking in Silences: Literary Interruptions and the Massacre of 1937 93

Part II. Diaspora Contradicts

4. Rayano Consciousness: Remapping the Haiti-DR Border after the Earthquake of 2010 129

5. Writing from El Nie: Exile and the Poetics of Dominicanidad Ausente 170

Postscript. Anti-Haitianism and the Global War on Blackness 203

Notes 213

Bibliography 247

Index 261

About the Author

Lorgia Garcia-Pena is Assistant Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures and of History and Literature at Harvard University.


"[A] valuable addition to the body of literature on the subjects of Haiti-Dominican Republic relations and Dominican anti-Haitianism."
-- F. S. J. Ledgister * Hispanic American Historical Review *
"Rich and insightful. . . Pena's work is an interesting read and should provoke scholarly discussion and debate on the topic for a long time to come." -- Richard T. Middleton IV * Ethnic and Racial Studies *
"A historically grounded, meticulously researched, and thoughtful analysis. . . . Among the book's many strengths are its readable and jargon-free prose, its detailed analysis of events that have received little attention in Dominican history and literature, and its investigation of 'never-beforestudied evidence based documents found in historical archives in Santo Domingo, Port-au-Prince, and Washington D.C.' (15). . . . A brave and successful effort to unearth and honor the truths that get silenced by hegemonic narratives." -- Sobeira Latorre * The Latin Americanist *

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