Order Antipodas XX

In this volume sixteen scholars from the USA, the Caribbean, Latin America, Europe and Australia study some of the most significant narratives of trauma and testimonial novels about Rafael Leonidas Trujillo’s 31 years as dictator of the Dominican Republic. Combining theoretical insight with illuminating textual analysis, the articles demonstrate how writers as diverse as Mario Vargas Llosa, Julia Alvarez, Edwidge Danticat, Junot Díaz, Freddy Prestol Castillo, Nelly Rosario, Angie Cruz and Pedro Vergés use the “lies” of fiction to reveal fundamental “truths” about freedom, human dignity and individual sovereignty.


Introduction –  Moving Stories: Trauma and the Migrating Trujillo Narrative
Marta Caminero-Santangelo – At the Intersection of Trauma and Testimonio: Edwidge Danticat’s The Farming of Bones
Pamela J. Rader – What the River Knows: Productive Silences in Edwidge Danticat’s The Farming of Bones and “1937”
Stephanie Scurto – The Language of Labour – the Labour of Language: Edwidge Danticat’s “Work” in The Farming of Bones
Ana Gallego Cuiñas – La novela trujillista: la ficción al servicio del poder
Ignacio López-CalvoA Postmodern Plátano’s Trujillo: Junot Díaz’s The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, more Macondo than McOndo
Daynalí Flores-Rodríguez – Addressing the Fukú In Us: Junot Díaz and the New Novel of Dictatorship
Sandra Cox – The Trujillato and Testimonial Fiction: Collective Memory, Cultural Trauma and National Identity in Edwidge Danticat’s The Farming of Bones and Junot Díaz’s The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
Emily Robbins – Uncovering the Silent Crypts: Memory, Trauma and Testimony in Julia Alvarez’s In the Time of the Butterflies
Jessica Wells Cantiello – “Tell us!”: Before We Were Free and Julia Alvarez’s Testimonial Cycle
Trenton Hickman – The Trujillato as Desideratum in Dominican-American Fiction
Nereida Segura-Rico – Witnessing History: Metatestimonio in Literary Representations of the Trujillo Dictatorship
Marion Rohrleitner – Looming Prairies and Blooming Orchids:The Politics of Sex and Race in Nelly Rosario’s Song of the Water Saints
Lindsay Puente – Voicing the Nation: El Masacre se pasa a pie
Shelly Jarrett Bromberg – Reconstructing Identity in the Wake of Trujillo:  
Pedro Vergés’ Sólo cenizas hallarás
Ylce Irizarry – When Art Remembers: Museum Exhibits as Testimonio del Trujillato
Roy C. Boland Osegueda – Urania Cabral y el testimonio de una mujer traumatizada en La fiesta del chivo