Panamanian literature has been grossly understudied. While its history, geography, and political ties to the United States have been examined extensively by
intellectuals from the United States and Latin America, with the exception of a few studies, its literature has been virtually ignored by the Hispanic literary canon. Within the field of Afro-Hispanic literature, black Panamanian literature has also been understudied. With the exception of works published about Gaspar Octavio Hernández,
Carlos Guillermo Wilson, and Gerardo Maloney, Afro Panamanian literature has not
been examined comprehensively. My dissertation seeks to fill this void in the field of Afro-Hispanic literature and, hopefully, it will enrich the field of Latin and Central American literature and literary criticism.