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Transcript of Julia Alvarez
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Born March 27, 1950 in NYC
Alvarez lived out her days as a child in the Dominican Republic
Father & friends were a part of the rebellion against the current dictator, Rafael Trujillo (Biography Today)
Friends got caught, father would be next
Alvarez family moves back to New York to avoid prosecution
Academy of American Poetry Prize: 1974
Award for Younger Writers (General Electric Foundation): 1986
National Endowment for the Arts grant: 1987-88
Notable Book (American Library Association): 1992, for How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents; 2003, for Before We Were Free
Best Book for Young Adults (American Library Association): 1995, for In the Time of the Butterflies; 2003, for Before We Were Free
Woman of the Year (Latina Magazine): 2000
Hispanic Heritage Award (Hispanic Heritage Awards Foundation): 2002
Américas Award for Children and Young Adult Literature: 2003, for Before We Were Free
Pura Belpré Medal (American Library Association): 2004, for Before We Were Free
Awards & Honors
A Well-Rounded Author
The Impact On Julia Alvarez
It is difficult to balance fact and fiction in a way that omits any and all possible stereotypes or bias, but Alvarez manages to do so. Her work is "compelling" and "inspiring" (Felty).
By: Karla Pacheco
Because of her mother's friendship with U.S. diplomat Carol Morgan, Alvarez and her sisters got to attend an American-run school along with children of the embassy staff while they lived in the Dominican Republic
At age 13, when the Alvarez family moved back to the States, the Alvarez sisters attended their mother's former boarding school, where they truly learned English (Biography Today).
First awards for writing won at Connecticut College, another at Middlebury College along with her bachelor's degree, and at Syracuse University earned her master's degree in creative writing
Alvarez, Julia, and Juanita Heredia. "Citizen of the World: An Interview with Julia Alvarez." Latina Self-Portraits: Interviews with Contemporary Women Writers. Ed. Bridget Kevane and Juanita Heredia. Albuquerque, N.M.: University of New Mexico Press, 2000. 19-32. Rpt. in Contemporary Literary Criticism. Ed. Jeffrey W. Hunter. Vol. 274. Detroit: Gale, 2009. Literature Resource Center. Web. 11 Apr. 2014.
Baym, Nina. The Norton Anthology of American Literature. Shorter 8th ed. New York: W.W. Norton & Co., 2013. Print.
Fares, Gustavo. "Bilingualism patriarchy, and resistance in Latina writers." Chasqui 42.1 (2013): 187+. Literature Resource Center. Web. 20 Apr. 2014.
Felty, Darren. "Overview of 'In the Time of the Butterflies'." Literature Resource Center. Detroit: Gale, 2014. Literature Resource Center. Web. 20 Apr. 2014.
"Julia Alvarez." Julia Alvarez (Biography Today) (2010): 1. Biography Reference Center. Web. 7 Apr. 2014.
Martínez, Elizabeth Coonrod. "Julia Álvarez: Progenitor Of A Movement." Americas 59.2 (2007): 6-13. Literary Reference Center Plus. Web. 7 Apr. 2014.
Mitchell, David T. "The Accent of 'Loss': Cultural Crossings as Context in Julia Alvarez's How the García Girls Lost Their Accents." Beyond the Binary: Reconstructing Cultural Identity in a Multicultural Context. Ed. Timothy B. Powell. New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press, 1999. 165-184. Rpt. in Contemporary Literary Criticism. Ed. Jeffrey W. Hunter. Vol. 274. Detroit: Gale, 2009. Literature Resource Center. Web. 11 Apr. 2014.
"Overview: How the García Girls Lost Their Accents." Gale Online Encyclopedia. Detroit: Gale, 2014. Literature Resource Center. Web. 14 Apr. 2014.
"Overview: In the Time of the Butterflies." Gale Online Encyclopedia. Detroit: Gale, 2014. Literature Resource Center. Web. 14 Apr. 2014.
"Overview: Yo!" Gale Online Encyclopedia. Detroit: Gale, 2014. Literature Resource Center. Web. 11 Apr. 2014.
Sirias, Silvio. Julia Alvarez: A Critical Companion. Westport, CT: Greenwood, 2001. Print.
Vega, Ibis Gómez. "Radicalizing Good Catholic Girls: Shattering the 'Old World Order' in Julia Alvarez's In the Time of the Butterflies." Confluencia: Revista Hispana de Cultura y Literatura 19.2 (Spring 2004): 94-108. Rpt. in Contemporary Literary Criticism. Ed. Jeffrey W. Hunter. Vol. 274. Detroit: Gale, 2009. Literature Resource Center. Web. 7 Apr. 2014.
Alvarez has written poetry, children’s books, young adult novels, essays, short stories, and of course, historical fiction (Fares).
Highly proficient with themes like language, culture, politics, and religion (Baym)
Alvarez came from a culture of storytellers, not readers; if not for the family's move to the U.S., Alvarez might never have taken up reading & writing
Personal life experiences ranging from her childhood through the Civil War until current days all have influenced Alvarez's writing (Heredia)
Fun fact: although "bilingual", Alvarez is "English-dominant"
The Impact Of Julia Alvarez
Julia Alvarez is within those considered to be of the initiating authors of the generation of suddenly popular Latina writers (Martínez)
“Her first novel, How the García Girls Lost Their Accents, published in 1991… officially launched the new movement of Latina writers.” (“Julia Álvarez: Progenitor of a Movement”)
In the Time of the Butterflies
has been made into a movie featuring Edward James Olmos, Marc Anthony, and Salma Hayek (Biography Today).
Alvarez's works can be found in multiple languages
Anagnorisis: the Greek term for a realization, a revelation, a recognition of one's mistakes (Sirias).
, the Garcia family in a rage because Yo divulged the family history, & her sisters stop talking to Yo until one day when one of them has a child. They realize it would be wrong to exile Yo for something she did without trying to hurt anyone, so they entirely resume contact with Yo.
Example of Anagnorisis
In the Time of the Butterflies
is about four sisters fighting against the eight-year malevolent dictator of the Dominican Republic, Rafael Trujillo, which results in the murder three of them. This book is a part of a trilogy based on real events of the Dominican Republic (Biography Today).
Example of Autobiographical Fiction
Autobiographical fiction: a semi-fictional narrative based in part on the author's real life experience, but transposed onto a fictional character or intermixed with fictional events (Wheeler)
There was a time when the Alvarez family felt discomfited at the similarity between the books and the events they had experienced first-hand (Gale Online Encyclopedia).
Alvarez’s description of the transition between time frames portrays good Catholic women as being radicalized into going against expectations because that is what is "right" (Vega).
David T. Mitchell views such occurences as key in each character’s development and highlights the sense of identity each one is meant to carry (The Accent of “Loss”).