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Meet the Author: Jennifer Harford Vargas
November 3, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pmFree
Taller Puertorriqueño’s is proud present Jennifer Harford Vargas on her latest book, Forms of Dictatorship: Power, Narrative, and Authoritarianism in the Latina/o Novel, an intra-ethnic study of Latina/o fiction written in the United States from the early 1990s to the present. Her book examines novels that depict the historical reality of dictatorship and exploit dictatorship as a literary trope. This literature constitutes a new sub-genre of Latina/o fiction, which the author calls the Latina/o dictatorship novel. The book illuminates Latina/os’ central contributions to the literary history of the dictatorship novel by analyzing how Latina/o writers with national origin roots in the Caribbean, Mexico, and Central and South America imaginatively represent authoritarianism. The book reveals how Latina/o dictatorship novels foreground more ubiquitous modes of oppression to indict Latin American dictatorships, U.S. imperialism, and structural discrimination in the U.S., as well as repressive hierarchies of power in general. In building on narrative theories of character, plot, temporality, and perspective, Harford Vargas explores how the Latina/o dictatorship novel stages power dynamics.
The event is free. There will be a book signing at the end of her talk.