Establishing an interdisciplinary connection between Migration Studies, Post-Colonial Studies and Affect Theory, Mendez analyzes the symbolic interplay between emotions, cognitions, and displacement in the narratives written by and about Dominican and Dominican-Americans in the United States and Puerto Rico. He argues that given the historic place of creolization as a marker of national, cultural, and social development in the Caribbean and particularly the Dominican Republic, this cultural process is not magically annulled in Caribbean immigrations to the U.S. Instead, this book illustrates the numerous ways in which Dominicans' subjective interpretation of their experiences of migration and incorporation into U.S. society, seen through the filter of multiple creolizations of the past, are woven into their written works as a series of variations on Americanness and Dominicanness.
Through close readings of selected writings by Pedro Henriquez Urena, Jose Luis Gonzalez, Junot Diaz, Josefina Baez, Loida Maritza Perez among others, Mendez argues that emotional creolizations operate as a psychological parameter on immigrant populations as they negotiate their transcultural status against the ideological norms of assimilation in their new host country. Consequently, he proposes that this emotional creolization is dialectical - that is, it not only affects diasporic populations, but also changes the norms and terms of assimilation as well.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd