Muñeca Limé: A two-part Analysis of Gendered Blackness in the Dominican Republic

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2021
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Bryn Mawr College. Department of International Studies
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Muñeca Limé is two-part exploration of gendered Blackness in the Dominican Republic, my senior thesis created in partial fulfillment for the International Studies degree. I started my project by focusing on conceptions of Dominicanidad, Blackness, and Womanhood throughout various eras in the history of the Dominican Republic (DR), including the Colonial Era, Occupational Era, and Trujillo Era. Ialso looked towards various forms of media and artwork– I watched Paris is Burning and Daughters of the Dust, looked back through Alexander McQueen's collections, and sorted through the artwork of Dominican Black women throughout the ages, among other things. After finishing the writing component of my thesis, I created a dress, to further analyze my research and to promote the legitimacy of non-traditional sources of knowledge. This dress is the summary of my findings and analysis, a physical embodiment of the Dominican Black Woman. In creating this embodiment I seek not to create a monolith of all Dominican Black women, but rather of possibility of what she could be, and how she could be viewed, as a Dominican Black woman myself.
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