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Rita Indiana Hernández, La estrategia de Chochueca

  • Alma García Rodríguez
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In 1496, Santo Domingo became the first city founded during the European colonization of the Americas. However, instead of a history of rich debate, the city discourse retains an almost indestructible Hispanic-centric ideology. Furthermore, and unlike many cities in Latin America, Santo Domingo had a slower process of industrial development. Its most drastic transformation occurred almost halfway through the twentieth century, during two essential periods: The Trujillo Dictatorship (1930–1961) and the Joaquín Balaguer Regime (1966–1978 and 1986–1996).

Months after Rafael Trujillo takes over, Santo Domingo suffered a great devastation caused by hurricane San Zenón in 1930. Trujillo’s government reconstructed the city by developing new plazas, museums, streets, and buildings, including the first bank in the Dominican Republic. Trujillo was considered to be the only one who was able to transform the country, by leaving its barbarian state and becoming a true civilization. The city was...

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Further Readings

  1. Balaguer, Joaquín. 1983. La Isla al revés: Haití y el destino dominicano. Santo Domingo: Fundación José Antonio Caro.Google Scholar
  2. Hernández, Rita Indiana. 2000. La estrategia de Chochueca. Santo Domingo: Riann Editorial.Google Scholar
  3. Hernández, Rita Indiana. 2011. Entrevista a Rita Indiana Hernández por Luz García. In Noche de luz. Antena Latina 7, Santo Domingo.Google Scholar
  4. Hutcheon, Linda. 1984. Narcissistic narrative: The metafictional paradox. New York: Methuen.Google Scholar
  5. Rodríguez, Néstor E. 2007. Escrituras de desencuentro en la República Dominicana. Santo Domingo: Editora Nacional.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Clemson UniversityClemsonUSA