Most of my scholarly work to date applies an interdisciplinary research framework to a cross-cultural setting by analyzing violence, the representation of the nation and the interconnections of race, gender, class, and sexuality in womens writing and art from the Hispanic Caribbean and its diaspora in USA. I am interested in how migration, transnationalism and the reconceptualization of the nation can be observed not only in literary texts but also in film and art.
In my book Violencia, género y migración en el Caribe hispano: Reescribiendo la nación, I argue that violence implies unequal power relations and the imposition of an imperialist system over Other/s. Violence in all its forms (gender, racial, sexual, even violence against the self) is the outcome of the forcing of a monolithic identity on subjectivities that are in constant movement. This form of oppression is overreaching, having its more important manifestation in the rhetoric of the nation, which in Latin America, has been elaborated by male, white, upper class citizens. Whoever challenged their hegemonic definition of nation was situated in the margins. From the 19th century on, with the independence movements and the appearance of the new Latin American nations, woman has been used as a metaphor for the nation. I assert that in a world increasingly global, women writers and artists of the Hispanic Caribbean defy that notion by rewriting the nation, blurring its borders with their constant migration and with their inclusion of members that have been traditionally oppressed and positioned outside. Thus the task of Hispanic Caribbean women writers and artists is not only to bring to light the consequences of this violence on the body and the psyche of the colonized but also to find power and subversion in their representations of that violence.
My new research projects revolve around issues of hybrid identities, religion, motherhood, migration, memory and their representation in art, film and literature by Hispanic women in the US and well as in Latin America.