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Title

The City as Spectacle: Santo Domingo as Seen by the First Travelers

Department

Modern Languages & Literatures Department

College

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Disciplines

Arts and Humanities

Abstract

This paper examines the transformation of the colonial city of Santo Domingo into a spectacle before the eyes of the first travelers who visited the city during the 19th century. I argue that in the writings of these visitors, we can see how the dilapidated buildings of the colonial city began to make the transfer from "rat-infested slums" to "glorious heritage"--a process that would take place in the 1980's with the urban renovation project implemented by the Dominican President Joaquin Balaguer.

Conference Name

39th Congress of the International Institute of Ibero-American Literature

Conference Location

Cadiz, Spain

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