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Being La DominicanaRace and Identity in the Visual Culture of Santo Domingo$
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Rachel Afi Quinn

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9780252043819

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: January 2022

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252043819.001.0001

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Transnational Feminist Cultural Studies, Visual Culture, and the Ethnographic Project

(p.1) Introduction
Being La Dominicana

Rachel Afi Quinn

University of Illinois Press

In this introductory chapter the author employs as metaphor the uniquely Dominican muñeca sin rostro, a highly feminized yet racially ambiguous “doll without a face” that is commonly sold as a souvenir. This chapter frames the overarching argument of the text in which racial meaning for mixed-race women in the Dominican Republic requires a “narrative eye” and functions relationally. Locating herself in relation to the women she writes about, the author explores the ways that Dominican women in Santo Domingo produce identities within and against dominant stereotypes of the Caribbean picturesque on which neoliberalism relies. The author employs methodologies of transnational feminist theory that require collaboration with those she writes about and points to sustained and expanded diasporic networks online.

Keywords:   Neoliberalism, feminist theory, narrative eye, mixed race, ethnography, Caribbean, Picturesque, representation

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