This essay examines important contributions made by Dixa Ramírez’s book Colonial Phantoms: Belonging and Refusal in the Dominican Americas, from the 19th Century to the Present (2018) to Dominican, Caribbean, and African diaspora literary and cultural studies. It argues for amplifying the study of imperial and nationalist forms of misrecognition, which Ramírez calls “ghosting.” It also argues that a focus on past and present exercises of power as ghosting may permit a greater understanding of stealthy—if often ambivalent—forms of resistance to empire and nationalism.
Ghosts of Dominican Past, Ghosts of Dominican Present
Katerina Gonzalez Seligmann is an assistant professor in the Department of Writing, Literature, and Publishing at Emerson College. Her research on Caribbean literature and history focuses on textual travel and publishing infrastructure in the conformation of Pan-Caribbean discourse and cross-lingual Caribbean solidarities. Her first book (in progress) argues for the centrality of literary magazines to the literature and history of the Caribbean. She also translates regularly between English and Spanish.
Katerina Gonzalez Seligmann; Ghosts of Dominican Past, Ghosts of Dominican Present. Small Axe 1 July 2019; 23 (2 (2)): 123–131. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/07990537-7703356
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