Assistant Professor
Department of Spanish and Portuguese
ddomingu@berkeley.edu

Research Expertise and Interest

Modern and Contemporary Latin American and Caribbean Literatures and Cultures

Description

 

I am currently working on a book manuscript that analyzes the links between literature and ethnography in the Hispanic Caribbean during the last decades of the Spanish empire and the period of nascent cultural nationalism from the early 19th century to the first decades of the 20th century.It argues that travel and costumbrista literatures and their visual traditions played a key role in the constitution of modern discourses on race, in the articulation of ethnography as a scientific domain and in developing identitarian narratives for the nations of the Hispanic Caribbean. Among the materials analysed are works by Alexander Von Humboldt, Frederica Bremer, Cirilo Villaverde and Victor Patricio Landaluze.Their narratives and visual artifacts turn out to be a hidden tropological and epistemological threshold for the 20thcentury academic field of ethnography.  

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