Reified gender and sexuality in La estrategia de chochueca

In the novel La estrategia de chochueca (2003) by the Dominican author Rita Indiana Hernández, social categories of gender and sexuality are reified and reproduced in the city of Santo Domingo. In this text, the Dominican capital is represented as a heterotopia in crisis that is inhabitated by queer subjects who navigate through the prohibited spaces of the city and are enveloped in a temporal space. Similarly, these queer subjects - who have been traditionally marginalized-, have reappropiated the public and private spaces of the city in order to create for themselves a sense of belonging and acceptance. The theoretical concept of the “Right to the City” (1968) proposed by Henri Lefebvre will be used and reinterpreted to consider issues such as gender and identity. Part of the concept of “The Right to the City” includes the right to difference. “In this he relates to the right not to be classified forcibly into categories which have been determined by the necessarily homogenizing powers” (Fenster 66).  Therefore, I intend to consider how queer subjects in this novel question notions of power through the analysis of the various literary techniques such as the fragmentation of time, language and the characterization of the urban space in the city.

Panel: Citizenship and the City: Re-defining Belonging in Urban Latin America

Organizers: Catalina Esguerra and Silvina Yi 



  • Spanish American Studies