Junot Díaz: On the Half-Life of Love
In Junot D az: On the Half-Life of Love, Jos David Sald var offers a critical examination of one of the leading American writers of his generation. He explores D az's imaginative work and the diasporic and immigrant world he inhabits, showing how his influences converged in his fiction and how his writing--especially his Pulitzer Prize--winning novel The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao--radically changed the course of US Latinx literature and created a new way of viewing the decolonial world. Sald var examines several aspects of D az's career, from his vexed relationship to the literary aesthetics of Whiteness that dominated his MFA experience and his critiques of the colonialities of power, race, and gender in culture and societies of the Dominican Republic, United States, and the Am ricas to his use of the science-fiction imaginary to explore the capitalist zombification of our planet. Throughout, Sald var shows how D az's works exemplify the literary currents of the early twenty-first century.
About the Author
José David Saldívar is Leon Sloss Jr. Professor in the Department of Comparative Literature at Stanford University. He is the author or coeditor of many books, including Junot Díaz and the Decolonial Imagination and Trans-Americanity: Subaltern Modernities, Global Coloniality, and the Cultures of Greater Mexico, both also published by Duke University Press.