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Abstract

In Latin America, the combination of history and fiction, especially during the last decades has allowed marginalized groups, specifically women, to contribute to the rewriting and reevaluation of their national history. Women writers in contemporary Dominican literature have been able to actively participate in this process after a long period of silence. Dominican author Angela Hernandez exemplifies this idea within contemporary Dominican narrative. In her novel Charamicos (2003), Hernandez reinterprets the Post Trujillo era from a feminist point of view. Thus, the purpose of this article is to analyze this novel as a depository of historical memory and construction of nationhood through the genre of the Bildungsroman. By providing a space for the silenced voices of women and dissidents, the author revises the reader’s awareness of the never-ending cycle of dictatorship during the democratic era.

Bio Note

Lucía M. Montas graduated with a Masters degree in Spanish from the University of Florida. She currently serves as Lecturer of Spanish at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Her research interests include: Latin American literature, specifically women writers, feminism and topics such as Bildungsroman, Memory and Exile.

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