TTh 3:00-4:15 p.m., Shingleton Hall 8

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Junot Diaz Resources, with Thanks to Dr. Andrea Smith

Thanks for an energetic discussion with and your probing questions for Wednesday's guest lecturer, Dr. Andrea Smith, Assistant Professor of Spanish here at SU. Copious thanks, also, to Dr. Smith for introducing Dominican author Junot Diaz and his freshman novel The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao to us all. I found Dr. Smith's lecture quite valuable for placing the novel's rich tapestry of cultural references within their linguistic, cultural, and historical contexts. I hope that you all did, too. I expect that Dr. Smith's lessons will continue to inform our future class discussions on the novel.

As promised, Dr. Smith has provided valuable online resources including her powerpoint presentation [here] and a comprehensive website attempting to demystify the numerous Dominican references in Diaz's novel [here]. Enjoy your reading!

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