Meanderings on the Making of a Diasporic Hybrid Identity

Meanderings on the Making of a Diasporic Hybrid Identity

by Dulce Maria Gray

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ISBN-13: 9780761865940
Publisher: UPA
Publication date: 06/15/2015
Pages: 130
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Dulce María Gray is professor of English at West Valley College where she teaches composition, women’s studies, and contemporary American and world literature. She earned a Ph.D. in language, literature, and literacy studies at Indiana University Bloomington. She is an avid traveler and is currently working on a collection of travel narratives.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Chapter 1: Pensées/Rationale
Chapter 2: Loss/Eulogy
Chapter 3: Yearning/Reminiscences and Nostalgia
Chapter 4: Recognition/On Reading Dominican-American Literature
Chapter 5: Understanding/My Mother and Grandmother’s Feminism
Chapter 6: Conclusion/Reclamation
Works Cited
Index

What People are Saying About This

Yuko Kurahashi

In Meanderings on the Making of a Diasporic Hybrid Identity, the author, Dulce María Gray, describes her journey from her birth in the Dominican Republic, her immigration as a child to the United States, growing up in the Bronx, and becoming a scholar with a Ph.D. She analyzes her experiences fighting labels, categorizations, and denigrating perceptions about Latinos and the often painful process of negotiating her ethnic identity until she arrives at a more intellectual and liberated way of seeing herself. Dr. Gray’s passion and respect for “writing” is palpable. She finds that writing provides the means to understand and shape her own development; she writes: ‘when I consider my self, that self reveals itself to me and thus I change, usually for the better.’ Dr. Gray’s stories about herself, her family and friends are interwoven with her two countries’ histories, creating a beautiful personal and cultural tapestry.

Aida L. Heredia

Profound in its sincerity, in its cartography of the often painful journey to arrive at a self that is realigned with the cosmic grace that sustains our everydayness, and which her palimpsest-like writing and her life experiences illuminate—in this book Gray examines the layered process of constructing a hybrid identity.

Fernando Valerio-Holguin

Half testimonio half theoretical reflection on the construction of a hybrid cultural condition, this is a well-written and fascinating book. Contrary to cryptic academic books, Gray graciously intertwines testimonio, family, and historical recollections, and abstract concepts to identify unexpected connections and revelations in the making of Dominican-American identity. Her gendered perspective anchors discussions about race, ethnicity, socio-economic class, literacy and her Abuelita’s patio in Santo Domingo as the locus of persistent and influential memories. Clearly, for Gray, writing this book is a way of healing the open wounds of exile and of mourning and overcoming the loss inherent in being transplanted to American culture. If I were to characterize Meanderings on the Making of a Diasporic Hybrid Identity in three adjectives, I would say: deep, versatile, and clear.

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