Skip to Main Content
Skip Nav Destination

This chapter argues that Junot Díaz’s The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao is a central text in an emerging set of dictatorship novels written by Latinos/as. Considering the tradition of the Latin American dictatorship novel within a broader hemispheric framework reveals that Latino/a novelists are generating a trans-American, counter-dictatorial imaginary that reconceptualizes dictatorial power by constructing intersectional analyses of authoritarianism, racial domination, heteropatriarchy, and imperialism in the hemisphere. The chapter contends that Oscar Wao performs and enacts its broader critique of dictatorial relations through the story’s form. It first demonstrates how the novel marginalizes and parodies the dictator in...

This content is only available as PDF.
You do not currently have access to this chapter.
Don't already have an account? Register
Close Modal

or Create an Account

Close Modal
Close Modal