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The Global South Atlantic$
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Kerry Bystrom and Joseph R. Slaughter

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780823277872

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823277872.001.0001

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A Sweet Sweet Tale of Terror

A Sweet Sweet Tale of Terror

Rita Indiana Hernández Writes the Dominican Republic into the Global South Atlantic

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(p.253) A Sweet Sweet Tale of Terror
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The Global South Atlantic
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Maja Horn

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823277872.003.0013

This chapter considers how historically fraught Dominican-Haitian relations may be usefully approached through a Global South Atlantic framework. I analyze how the little-known performance piece and text “Sugar/Azúcal” (2003) by the Dominican writer and musician Rita Indiana Hernández (1977)—one of the most important creative and critical contemporary Dominican voices—articulates the complex South-South relation between the two nations of Hispaniola and Dominican racial beliefs through a Global South Atlantic lens. I argue that “Sugar/Azúcal” reveals some of the particularities of Atlantic history in the colonial and postcolonial South that places subjects and nations in a different, and in fact contradictory, relation to what has come to be known as Western modernity and the values attached to it. The particular ways in which the Global South Atlantic inhabits the insides and outsides of Western modernity, as Hernández’s performance piece reveals, produce distinct strategies of resistance and forms of politics that, as I show, differ from the critical-cultural strategies envisioned in Paul Gilroy’s seminal Black Atlantic.

Keywords:   Dominican Republic, Dominican-Haitian relations, Paul Gilroy, Global South Atlantic, Rita Indiana Hernández

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