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Forms of Dictatorship – Power, Narrative, and Authoritarianism in the Latina/o Novel - Oxford Scholarship Online
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Forms of Dictatorship: Power, Narrative, and Authoritarianism in the Latina/o Novel

Jennifer Harford Vargas


An intraethnic study of Latina/o fiction written in the United States from the early 1990s to the present, this book examines novels that depict the historical reality of dictatorship and exploit dictatorship as a literary trope. This literature constitutes a new subgenre of Latina/o fiction that the author calls the Latina/o dictatorship novel. The book illuminates Latina/os’ central contributions to the literary history of the dictatorship novel by analyzing how U.S. Latina/os with national origin roots in the Caribbean, Mexico, and Central and South America imaginatively represent authorita ... More

Keywords: Latina/o literature, American literature, Latin American literature, transnational American studies, narrative theory, U.S. imperialism, white supremacy, heteropatriarchy, neoliberal capitalism, border militarization

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190642853
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190642853.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jennifer Harford Vargas, author
Assistant Professor of English, Bryn Mawr College

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