"Si no hubiera existido, la hubieran inventado"
Wilmot, Emily Elizabeth
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This thesis analizes the use of literary mirrors, narrative strategies, and intertextuality, to refer to the need for a subversion of the dominant patriarchal control in the Dominican Republic through subversion in the poetic novel, La tarde en que murió estefanía. Written in 1983 by Aída Cartagena Portalatín, the novel explores the themes of class, gender, and the search for the female identity that are prevalent in the works of Caribbean women authors through the story of a family that lived and suffered through the Trujillo regime. I propose that the actions and reactions of the characters, which show the effects of class and gender, create a microcosm of Dominican society and demonstrate the need for political and social change.