Voicing a lost history through photography in Hispaniola’s diasporic literature Public Deposited

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  • March 22, 2019
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  • Birkhofer, Melissa Dee
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of English and Comparative Literature
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  • In this project, I examine the ways in which references to photographs in Hispaniola’s diasporic literature create a space from which to recoup a history that has been long silenced both on the island and within migrant communities abroad. The photographs mentioned in the works I address do not appear as photographs alongside the text, but rather as descriptions in the text. I address two diasporic writers from Hispaniola whose works include textual descriptions of photographs: Junot Díaz, born in the Dominican Republic who currently resides in New York and Edwidge Danticat, born in Haiti who currently resides in Miami.
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  • DeGuzmán, María
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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