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Valdez , Hardcover. Be the first to write a review About this product. How did a white Hispanic identity instead come to dominate the country's collective consciousness? Why did Dominican intellectuals, in trying to create a free and modern society and shield their country from North American imperialism, reengage Spanish neocolonialism? This important twentieth century Latin American intellectual is an unavoidable reference in Hispanic Linguistics and Cultural Studies and his texts make us confront the ideological underpinnings of language, race, and identity in the context of Latin America and the pan-Hispanic community.

Additional Product Features Number of Volumes. Valdez is a valuable contribution to the search for a better understanding of Dominican identity. The young scholar conducts a balanced and penetrating study of the thought of the celebrated Dominican humanist Pedro Henr quez Ure a, situating it carefully in its proper context while highlighting aspects that have hitherto gone unnoticed.

Valdez brings a perspective informed by Gramscian cultural analysis and the linguistic anthropology of language ideologies to the task of linguistic historiography in the traditions of Koerner and Guitarte. The result is a fascinating account and sympathetic critique of linguistic theories in political, professional, and intellectual context, with an eye to the significance of the politics of national identity and race in specific linguistic debates.

Hispanism has been well documented. However, the philological and linguistic assumptions of his cultural discourse did not receive significant critical attention until now. Valdez approaches the subject of linguistics with bold insight in this fascinating book that is bound to become an important point of reference for both scholars and teachers concerned with the profound impact of cultural wars and linguistic purging on the education of citizens and the marginalization of others.

This article analyzes Henriquez Urena's unfinished memoir, Memorias ca.

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The historical backdrop of the memoir is the postcolonial period in the Dominican Republic, a tumultuous time of nation-building that included some advances and much suffering. Unpacking the national ideologies Henriquez Urena carried with him into the diaspora, the reader sees little that would signal the transformations one might expect in a migrant's consciousness. Reading beyond the memoir, there is evidence that an ethnic persona emerged within Henriquez Urena and that his literary and cultural interests shifted away from the dominant European and American master narratives to the literary culture of Latin America.

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However, without looking ahead at the author's broader oeuvre, the memoir constitutes a foundational text for understanding the formation of the early Dominican migrant community in New York. Henriquez Urena's biography and autobiography are definitively marked by the political chaos in the Dominican Republic, although he was not a member of the suffering classes.

By including biographical information about the social and class positioning of Henriquez Urena and his family, I seek to interrogate the position they held in the Dominican Republic before his migration, a social identity the author expresses in numerous ways. Henriquez Urena's voice represents the Dominican elite that moved into the diaspora. In the present, Dominican migration narratives in the US more commonly offer representations of working-class and poor families. No purchase necessary. Get started.

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