1st Edition

Colombian Diasporic Identities Representations in Literature, Film, Theater and Art

By Annie Mendoza Copyright 2023
    190 Pages 33 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book interrogates the identity politics involved in framing Colombian diasporas, examining the ways that creative writers, directors, performers and artists negotiate collective and personal experiences that shape their identities through their art and cultural productions.

    New consideration of the diversity of Afro-Latin American and Indigenous communities within the overarching categorization of "Colombianness" or Colombianidad have led to increased focus on the representation of Colombia and Colombian diasporic communities. By focusing on different cultural productions—novels, memoirs, films, plays and visual arts—this book analyzes the performance of Colombianidad by communities throughout the diaspora. Topics include Afro-Colombian, US Latinx, Caribbean and queer identity, marginalization of racialized bodies within Colombia and the Colombian diaspora, and the politics of identity representation. Colombian Diasporic Identities: Representations in Literature, Film, Theater and Art examines how a consciously Colombian diasporic existence travels and is altered across geographic locales.

    Colombian Diasporic Identities will be key reading for scholars and students in US Latinx studies, and Latin American diasporic studies, together with ethnic studies, gender studies, queer studies and literature.


    1: Visualizing the invisible: the novels of Patricia Engel

    2: Queering Caribbean identity and language: LGBTQ+ novels and memoirs from the Colombian diaspora; Jaime Manrique, Julián Delgado Lopera and Daisy Hernández

    3: Diasporic hair: mapping out Afro-Colombian identity in the film La Playa D.C. (2012)

    4: Remixing, repeating and reinterpreting: John Leguizamo on being a Ghetto Klown

    5: Reappropriating impositions: a conversation with Gonzalo Fuenmayor


    Annie Mendoza is Associate Professor of Spanish in the Department of Modern Languages, Philosophy and Religion at East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania where she teaches courses on Latin American and US Latinx literature, film, culture as well as language. She received her PhD at the University of California, San Diego in 2010. She is the author of Rewriting the Nation: Novels by Women on Violence in Colombia (2015) and has published essays in peer- reviewed journals such as Revista de Estudios Colombianos, Zapruder World: An International Journal for the History of Social Conflict, Voces del Caribe: Revista de Estudios Caribeños, Intervenxions (by the Latinx Project at New York University) and the anthology Poemas y cantos: antología crítica de autoras afrodescendientes de América Latina.