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ENG100 - In the Time of the Butterflies: Introduction

An OWHL Guide for English 100 Students - In the Time of the Butterflies, by Julia Alvarez

ENG100 - In the Time of Butterflies

In this class you will read the novel, In the Time of the Butterflies, by Julia Alvarez.  The setting for this work of historical fiction is the Dominican Republic during the final days of Raphael Trujillo's dictatorship.  The story centers on the lives of the Mirabal sisters.  This guide provides links to some useful resources for the assignment:

  • Gather useful information to provide context for yourself and classmates as you read the novel.  Use the library resources provided in the guide to find articles, references, biographies, photographs/illustrations, and facts that provide either historical or literary background for better understanding of the events in the novel.   Be prepared to share why and how what you've learned illuminates themes and events in the story.

Some search terms to use are:  Dominican Republic, Raphael Trujillo, Mirabal sisters.  You may also want to search for information with the author's name and book title in the literary databases.

In the Time of the Butterflies, by Julia Alvarez

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