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Being La Dominicana: Race and Identity in the Visual Culture of Santo Domingo

Rachel Afi Quinn


With this book, Rachel Afi Quinn makes the case for a transnational feminist cultural studies lens of analysis and an ethnographic approach to the study of race, gender, and visual culture in the Dominican Republic. This book provides a new window into contemporary life in Santo Domingo through which surrealist cultural productions reflect the social climate. Quinn theorizes the ways that the racial meaning of Dominican women’s mixed-race bodies “see/saw” in the viewing moment, as they are read visually in relation to others and informed by particular narratives of identity. Drawing on some fo ... More

Keywords: mixed race, ambiguity, identity, transnational, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, visual culture, Rita Indiana, Michelle Rodriguez, surrealism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780252043819
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: January 2022 DOI:10.5622/illinois/9780252043819.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rachel Afi Quinn, author
University of Houston