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This chapter addresses the identity of the mysterious narrator of Díaz’s The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. It traces Yunior de las Casas’s artistic coming of age, his Künstlerroman, arguing that what emerges in his narrative is an aesthetics of artistic consumption, which reflects Díaz’s vision of the development of the model writer-activist. Yunior, as a budding writer and intellectual not yet sure of his place in the world but desperate to try to narrate the story of the de León and Cabral family, consumes and embodies their stories as a way to write Dominican Americans into history. The...

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