• The Borders of Dominicanidad: Race, Nation, and Archives of Contradiction

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  • 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 Nié: Exile and the Poetics of Dominicanidad Ausente  170

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

    Notes  213

    Bibliography  247

    Index  261
  • Winner, 2017 Isis Duarte Book Prize, Haiti-Dominican Republic Section of the Latin American Studies Association

    Winner, 2017 Gloria E. Anzuldua Prize, presented by the National Women's Studies Association

  • "[A] contribution to the emancipation of translocal histories and of individuals as well."


  • Winner, 2017 Isis Duarte Book Prize, Haiti-Dominican Republic Section of the Latin American Studies Association

    Winner, 2017 Gloria E. Anzuldua Prize, presented by the National Women's Studies Association

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  • "[A] contribution to the emancipation of translocal histories and of individuals as well."

  • "A magnificent far-ranging volume that examines the history, politics, and meaning of Afro-dominicanidad in all its glorious thorny complexity. Lorgia García-Peña pursues her claim with a wide-ranging intersectional rigor . . . For those who seek to pierce the murky racial legacies that continue to envelop the Dominican Republic—and by extension the rest of our world—The Borders of Dominicanidad is a beacon." — Junot Díaz

    "In this groundbreaking and unique book Lorgia García-Peña brings the oft-forgotten Caribbean to the center of analysis of both U.S. empire and subject formation. Instead of capitulating to the argument that Haiti bears the burden of signifying blackness in the Hispanic Caribbean, she presents case studies in violence as national history that move us away from the gravity point of the Trujillo regime as the most important period in the definition of dominicanidad. The Borders of Dominicanidad will be the pivotal and necessary bridge between Dominican and Haitian studies." — Nicole M. Guidotti-Hernandez, author of, Unspeakable Violence: Remapping U.S. and Mexican National Imaginaries

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    In The Borders of Dominicanidad Lorgia García-Peña explores the ways official narratives and histories have been projected onto racialized Dominican bodies as a means of sustaining the nation's borders. García-Peña constructs a genealogy of dominicanidad that highlights how Afro-Dominicans, ethnic Haitians, and Dominicans living abroad have contested these dominant narratives and their violent, silencing, and exclusionary effects. Centering the role of U.S. imperialism in drawing racial borders between Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and the United States, she analyzes musical, visual, artistic, and literary representations of foundational moments in the history of the Dominican Republic: the murder of three girls and their father in 1822; the criminalization of Afro-religious practice during the U.S. occupation between 1916 and 1924; the massacre of more than 20,000 people on the Dominican-Haitian border in 1937; and the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. García-Peña also considers the contemporary emergence of a broader Dominican consciousness among artists and intellectuals that offers alternative perspectives to questions of identity as well as the means to make audible the voices of long-silenced Dominicans.

    About The Author(s)

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