The Dominican Feminist
Statement on the Site's
and Creator's Persona
(Inspired by Carl Jung, Roland Barthes' "The Death of the Author" and Michel Foucault's "What is an Author?"--not that I absolutely and completely agree with their assertions.)
"Linguistically, the author is never more than the instance writing, just as I is nothing other than the instance saying I: language knows a 'subject,' not a 'person,' and this subject, empty outside of the very enunciation which defines it, suffices to make language 'hold together,' suffices, that is to say, to exhaust it." (Barthes p.142).
I was very wary to give the site an Instagram, especially because I myself do not have one, but many writers and artists on the page have accounts and wanted a way to publicize their contributions on the site on Instagram, so @thedominicanfeminist exist.
I am writing this just to emphasize that @thedominicanfeminist is literally just the website on an Instagram account, and not my, specific,"social media" persona. nor do I particularly have a "social media" persona.
I feel it is important and necessary to clarify my own narrative and relation to this thing (the internet) and this action (writing) since I am on it and this is were I publ[ish] my writings.
The site and my writing, yes, is my [public] persona as a writer and "author," but I am more than a writer/"author," and more than the creator of this website.
Which brings me to my second point, let the "work," "creation," and "writing" stand by itself. I share and create to connect, and to be an occasion in the dynamism of your existence. If I, or any content on the website, can make you think differently, or be held in your mind for a second, that's the goal. There is no absolutism, no "deciphering" (Barthes). Just let it be. Let it all reach you.
"The reader is the space on which all the quotations that make up a writing are inscribed without any of them being lost; a text’s unity lies not in its origin but in its destination" (p. 143).