Introduction: Junot Díaz and the Decolonial Imagination From Island to Empire
Monica Hanna, Jennifer Harford Vargas, José David Saldívar, 2016. "Introduction: Junot Díaz and the Decolonial Imagination From Island to Empire", Junot Díaz and the Decolonial Imagination, Monica Hanna, Jennifer Harford Vargas, José David Saldívar
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The introduction theorizes Junot Díaz’s decolonial imagination, arguing that Díaz employs the creative faculty of the imagination to envision a radically different world, a world not structured through dominance but through solidarity. The introduction gives a biographical account of Díaz’s development as a creative writer; discusses his political activist and public intellectual work; and suggests a new literary and cultural approach to the biographical in general and to the biography of the writer of color in particular who productively participates in the generation of scholarship and the dissemination of knowledge. The chapter ends by describing how the chapters work together as a whole to open a dialogue about Díaz’s work that bridges Latino/a, Latin American, and American critical studies.