Dominican Republic: History and Literature

Languages & Cultures, School of Languages, Cultures, Art History and Music

College of Arts and Law


Code 15671

Level of study Third/Final year

Credit value 10

Semester 1

Module description

This course explores fictional representations of key events in the political history of the Dominican Republic. While focusing on the Trujillo dictatorship (1930-1961) and the contingent failed attempts at democracy, the course also places emphasis on the repeated wars for independence from Spanish colonialism, the domination of Haiti during the 19th century and the struggles against US neo-colonialism throughout the 20th century. In the process we will engage with the way the Epic has been used to interrogate history in the Dominican Republic and we will discuss issues such as dissidence and exile and the place of the hero/heroine in processes of nation building.