Historical Trauma and Cultural Memory in Marianela Medrano’s Diosas de la Yuca
Modern Languages & Literatures
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
This presentation explores the ways in which Dominican poet Marianela Medrano, in her most recent collection of poems Diosas de la Yuca, goes beyond any utopian project or attempt at building a national myth to explore Taina spirituality, rooting it in the immediacy of individual Dominican experience. More than a mere literary trope, the indigenous in Medrano s poetry is proposed as a living force and a key cultural element by which the Dominican can shape his or her subjectivity and thus resist and overcome the divisions and erasures caused by the original trauma of the Spanish conquest and the current experience of living simultaneously in the here and there of diaspora.
Moving Dominican Studies Forward
Naugatuck Valley Community College, Waterbury, CT 06708
McGrath, Christopher, "Historical Trauma and Cultural Memory in Marianela Medrano’s Diosas de la Yuca" (2011). Faculty Scholarly Dissemination Grants. 349.