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Dominicanidad / Dominicanity

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


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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“Papi está a la vuelta de cualquier esquina.” –Transnational Patriarchy, the Queer Child and the Possibility of Emancipation in Rita Indiana Hernández’ Papi (Anna C. Weinand)


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Anna C. Weinand (Trier)

“Papi está a la vuelta de cualquier esquina.” – Transnational Patriarchy, the Queer Child and the Possibility of Emancipation in Rita Indiana Hernández’ Papi

“En esta casa Trujillo es el jefe.” This golden rule can be seen as representative for a very important strategy of Trujillo to legitimize his authoritarian rule over the Dominican population. Based upon Freud’s theory about psychosocial processes that (can) lead to a dictatorship, I will illustrate how Trujillo established a closely intermingled relationship between his authoritarian rule over the nation and fatherly rule over the family. Subsequently, I will briefly demonstrate how these parallels and connections are depicted and reproduced in Mario Vargas Llosa’s La fiesta del chivo and Julia Álvarez’ En el tiempo de las mariposas. Finally, this contribution will focus on Rita Indiana Hernández’ novel Papi. The novel is about a young girl waiting for her father to pick her up and go to the beach with her. Papi is a merchant who lives both in Santo Domingo and in the United States. I will try to show how papi represents traces that Trujillian patriarchy has left, and how, at the same time, Hernández proposes strategies to overcome these culturally constructed sociopolitical structures in order to quit the status of an objectified person that is being determined by its (masculine) environment and to become an autonomous subject. The focus will clearly be on constructions of femininity, masculinity, queerness and...

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