The terms “trauma” and testimonio (or “testimony”) have been linked so
often in literary studies as to seem inextricably connected, suggesting that
literature of “trauma” and testimonio narratives are one and the same. This essay examines some of the pressing and unreconciled tensions between
literature of historical trauma and testimonio literature, at least as these have
been critically construed, through an analysis of Edwidge Danticat's novel The Farming of Bones, which represents the massacre of ethnic Haitians within the Dominican Republic in 1937 at the orders of dictator Rafael Trujillo.
Caminero-Santangelo, Marta. “At the Intersection of Trauma and Testimonio: Edwidge Danticat's The Farming of Bones.” In Trujillo, Trauma, Testimony: Mario Vargas Llosa, Julia Alvarez, Edwidge Danticat, Junot Díaz and other Writers on Hispaniola. Edited by Marta Caminero-Santangelo and Roy C. Boland Osegueda. Antípodas: Journal of Hispanic and Galician Studies 20 (2009): 5-26.
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