Date of Graduation


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy in Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies (PhD)

Degree Level



Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies


Luis F. Restrepo

Committee Member

Steven M. Bell

Second Committee Member

Violeta Lorenzo-Feliciano


Language, literature and linguistics; Social sciences; Caribe Hispanico; Ciudad Letrada; Novela; Poder


This dissertation analyzes Edgardo Rodríguez Julia’s La noche oscura del Niño Avilés, Pedro Antonio Valdez’s Bachata del ángel caído, and Zoé Valdes’s La cazadora de Astros from the perspective of the intersection between intellectuality and power. Its main thesis is that these three writers are “political” writers who postulate “possible worlds” to reconfigure the divisions of the Social world carried out by power vectors in their respective nations. These reconfigurations are based on “detour” strategies that attempt to deconstruct the canonical aesthetic forms and the discourses of truth established by those vectors. The first chapter analyzes the way the three writers use language to counter and deviate from the “micromechanics” of power. The second chapter studies the way the compositional forms of the novels deviate from the bourgeois novel, the aesthetic canonical form, and make it possible for them to undo their “author-ity”, to try to evade representation, and to avoid becoming instruments of the hegemonic power.