Figueroa on Faithful Witnessing in Oscar Wao

“Díaz’s text highlights how domination (be it dictatorship or other forms of sociopolitical power) desired silent spectators, and the narrative points to and offers multiple ways to faithfully witness the failures of coloniality from the perspective of those on the underside.”

Thoroughly enjoying this essay by Yomaira C. Figueroa​ on faithful witnessing in The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. Winner of the Hypatia Diversity Award in 2015: “This prize is awarded biennially for the best essay, previously unpublished, written by a graduate student, postdoctoral fellow, or non-tenured faculty member that embodies a feminist, intersectional approach in a philosophical analysis combining categories of identity (e.g., gender, class, disability, ethnicity, nationality, race, religion, sexuality).”

Figueroa, Yomaira C. “Faithful Witnessing as Practice: Decolonial Readings of Shadows of Your Black Memory and The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.” Hypatia 30, no. 4 (November 1, 2015): 641–56. doi:10.1111/hypa.12183. (x)


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