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date: 23 January 2020

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This chapter argues that studying appropriations of the classical Greco-Roman past in the cultural and political life of the Dominican Republic can be heuristically productive for the field of comparative political theory. After opening with a brief literature review of classical reception studies, the chapter then considers Hispanophone Caribbean receptions and their political valence. Next it turns to the specific case of classical reception in the Dominican Republic, focusing on the hitching of this reception to racial and antidemocratic ideologies and practices. The conclusion flags domains of classical reception in the Hispanophone Caribbean that may prove fertile for future work. Concentrating on the manifestations of classical appropriation as constitutive of Dominican identity shows that (1) the Hispanophone Caribbean and in particular the Dominican Republic is a site of dynamic disciplinary exchange between classical reception and political theory, and (2) bringing to light the imbrications of the classical past in Hispanophone settings can refine how we think about comparative political theory’s heuristic objectives and payoffs, in particular its potential for decolonizing the Greco-Roman past and that past’s reception in political theory.

Keywords: Dominican Republic, Hispanophone Caribbean, classics, reception studies, race

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