The City as Spectacle: Santo Domingo as Seen by the First Travelers
Modern Languages & Literatures Department
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Arts and Humanities
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.
39th Congress of the International Institute of Ibero-American Literature
Serrata, Medar, "The City as Spectacle: Santo Domingo as Seen by the First Travelers" (2013). Faculty Scholarly Dissemination Grants. 1064.