Dr. María Morán-Vásquez received her Ph.D. from The Graduate Center, City Univeristy of New York, and is now Senior Academic Coordinator in the Division of Social Science at the The City College, CUNY. Her research interests include Latin American and Caribbean Literatures.2007 0-7734-5477-2
In this study, the author sustains that the women writers of the Spanish Caribbean have a distinct style and a very particular narrative discourse that differs from the male discourse that has traditionally dominated the literary realm of this region. Her theoretical approach is based on the Kafkian notion of “minor” literature, developed by Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari (1986). The body of her analysis includes the works of the Puerto Rican authors Ana Lydia Vega and Carmen Lugo Filippi, the Dominican authors Aurora Arias and Ligia Minaya, and the Cuban authors Sonia Rivera-Valdés, Odette Alonso, Jacqueline Herranz Brooks, Manelic Ferret, Ena Lucía Portela, and Karla Suárez Rodríguez. The author concludes that through humor, parody, satire, the open treatment of themes traditionally considered taboo, variety of styles and the unrestricted use of a language that seizes the popular, the vulgar and the ordinary to represent the feminine universe, among other subversive strategies, these authors have created a voice of their own, different from the dominant male discourse. With their production the Hispanic Caribbean has an alternative to the phallocentric literature and has made significant gains toward the expansion of the canon.