this Web site to learn more about Julia Alvarez’s
life and how her culture influences her writing.
"I am a Dominican, hyphen, American," Alvarez
comments. "As a fiction writer, I find that
the most exciting things happen in the realm of
that hyphen—the place where two worlds collide
or blend together." How does this idea relate
to the essay "Names/Nombres"? Write
your response in the Web
Links Activity Log.
In her essay "Names/Nombres," Julia Alvarez discusses
her many different names. On this site, you can
look up a name and find out its etymology, or
origin, and meaning. Find your name or a name you
like and write a paragraph describing how the
name's history does (or doesn't) capture your