Date of Award


Document Type

Masters Thesis

Degree Name


Organizational Unit

College of Arts Humanities and Social Sciences, English and Literary Arts

First Advisor

Kristy Ulibarri

Second Advisor

Lisa Martinez

Third Advisor

Billy Stratton


Authority, Borders, Dominican American, Migrant literature, Transnational novels, Women writers


Border crossing(s) and personal sovereignty are intimately and complexly connected in novels by and about Dominican American women. Through readings of In the Name of Salomé by Julia Alvarez, Dominicana by Angie Cruz, and The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo, I argue that patriarchal forms of authority remove female autonomy by trespassing on personal boundaries, and that the renegotiation of that power is achieved through formations of community, especially with other women, through nonheteronormative relationships that are present inside and extend outside the text. The interplay of patriarchal authority, violence, and alienation on the four protagonists is examined at length, and I end by exploring personal sovereignty through community building as a remediation to patriarchal structures of power.

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Rights Holder

Leia M. Lynn


Received from ProQuest

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Latin American literature, American literature, Caribbean studies