Living With Violence: Conflict in Contemporary Cultures

Julia Alvarez (1950 - )

In the Time of the Butterflies


  • Born NYC, raised in her parents’ native Dominican Republic
  • Father participated in underground movement against Trujillo’s dictatorship
  • Caused family to flee back to NYC in 1960
  • BA summa cum laude Middlebury College
  • MFA Syracuse University
  • Breadloaf School of English 1979-80


  • Professor of English and Creative Writing, Middlebury College, since 1988
  • Married Bill Eichner 1989
  • She and her husband run an organic coffee farm in the Dominican Republic
  • Lives and writes in Vermont


How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents, 1991

In the Time of the Butterflies,1994

!Yo! 1997

In the Name of Salome, 2000


Something to Declare, 1998


Homecoming, 1984

The Other Side, 1995

Selected Bibliography

“Alvarez, Julia 1950-.” (1997): 4 pages. Online. Contemporary Authors. Internet. 3 November 1997. Available:

McClellan, Hilary. “In the Name of the Homeland. “ 19 July 2000.

Miller, Susan. “Family Spats, Urgent Prayer: Fiction: Celebrating the strength of Latinas.” Newsweek 17 October 1994: 77.

Requa, Marny. “The Politics of Fiction.” 4 pages. Online. Internet. 3 November 1997. Available :

Stevens, Ilan. “Las Mariposas.” Nation 7 November 1994: 552-556.

Venegas, Margarita. “Ethnic Roots, love of storytelling fill novels of Julia Alvarez.” (21 March 1997): 2 pages. Online. Creative Loafing Online. Internet. 3 November 1997. Available: http://www/

Online Resources

Emory college page on Julia Alvarez

Las Mujeres Profile on Julia Alvarez

Retired Discussion Series

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