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Dominicanidad / Dominicanity

Perspectivas de un concepto (trans-)nacional / Perspectives on a (trans-)national concept

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Edited By Christine Felbeck and Andre Klump

Con unos 20 artículos de investigadores/-as de Europa, de los Estados Unidos y de la República Dominicana, la presente obra interdisciplinaria e internacional ofrece un panorama actual de la investigación sobre la dominicanidad como concepto (trans-)nacional en sus contextos mundiales, insulares y nacionales. Los estudios son fruto en gran parte de un congreso organizado por el America Romana Centrum (ARC) de la Universidad de Trier en el año 2014.

With about 20 articles from researchers from Europe, the United States and the Dominican Republic, this interdisciplinary and international volume offers a current panorama of the research on dominicanity as a (trans-)national concept in global, insular and national contexts. The studies are largely a result of a congress organized by the America Romana Centrum (ARC) of the University of Trier in 2014.

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The Curse of Coloniality in Junot Díaz’s Novel The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao: Fukú as a Theoretical Caribbean Concept (Rebecca Fuchs)

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Rebecca Fuchs (Mannheim)

The Curse of Coloniality in Junot Díaz’s Novel The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao: Fukú as a Theoretical Caribbean Concept

1.  Introduction

Díaz starts his novel with a reflection on the fukú, which is both the reason why the story has to be told and the driving force of the novel:

They say it came first from Africa, carried in the screams of the enslaved; that it was the death bane of the Tainos, uttered just as one world perished and another began; that it was a demon drawn into Creation through the nightmare door that was cracked open in the Antilles (Díaz 2008, 1).

The colonial enterprise in the Caribbean is the starting point of this story and links the Cabral/de Léon family’s fate with Dominican national history, the history of migration and diaspora of Dominicans in the U.S., and the story of the Americas since the fukú is also called “Fukú americanus” (Díaz 2008, 1) or “the Great American Doom” (Díaz 2008, 5). The curse thereby connects Oscar’s story to the modernity/coloniality paradigm, which argues that modernity started in 1500, the time of transatlantic exploration and the conquest of the Americas during which Western hegemony was consolidated in the New World. According to this view, modernity has to be understood in its relation to colonialism and in the context of its resulting negative implications...

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