Caribbean Literature Reconsidered: Reading Contemporary Dominican Literature with Haitian Prose
In this thesis I analyze samples of literature from the island of Hispaniola to distinguish certain cultural tendencies found in the Dominican Republic and Haiti. The Haitian texts studied in this project include: Compère Général Solei by Jacques Stephen Alexis (1950) and Brother I’m Dying by Edwidge Danticat (2007). The Dominican texts in this review consist of: A Wedding in Haiti by Julia Álvarez (2012) and multiple short stories and poems from the book Ni de aquí, ni de allá compiled by Ángela Abréu (2021). My arguments are organized into three chapters:
- Socioeconomic Progression and Exile
- Négritude, Gender Identities, and Stereotypes This thesis concludes with a reinforcement of the arguments presented and offers a connection between the themes of each chapter.