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Male Heroism, Demonic Pigs, and Memories of Violence in the Haitian-Dominican Borderlands

@article{Derby2010MaleHD,
  title={Male Heroism, Demonic Pigs, and Memories of Violence in the Haitian-Dominican Borderlands},
  author={Lauren Robin Derby},
  journal={UCLA Center for the Study of Women},
  year={2010}
}
This essay seeks to interpret a particular version of stories about a highly feared phenomena called baca—imaginary hybrid beasts that steal farm animals, harvests, and cash through shape-shifting. Bacases are a particular subset of shapeshifter lore in the Dominican campo. These stories can be read as a form of historical evidence, even if as a genre they are not oral tradition as such, since their historicity resides in their poetics—the historical meanings that have accrued to formulaic… Expand
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