Sommer D. Puerto Rico Afloat. In: James C, Perivolaris J The Cultures of the Hispanic Caribbean. Gainseville, FL: University of Florida Press ; 2000.
Sommer D. Attitude, its Rhetoric. In: Garber M, et al The Turn to Ethics. New York: Routledge ; 2000.
Sommer D. No todo se ha de decir: Cecilia no sabe; Beloved no cuenta. In: Casa de las Americas. ; 1999.
The Places of History: Regionalism Revisited in Latin America
Sommer D. The Places of History: Regionalism Revisited in Latin America. (Sommer D). Durham, NC: Duke University Press; 1999. Publisher's Version
Proceed with Caution, when engaged by minority writing in the Americas
Sommer D. Proceed with Caution, when engaged by minority writing in the Americas. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press; 1999. Publisher's VersionAbstract

Proceed with Caution, when engaged by minority writing in the Americas (1999) notices signs of reluctance to belong to one coherent collectivity. Not everyone wants to be redeemed from the cultural differences that allegedly blocked national consolidations. The book expands our “toolbox” of rhetoric in a multicultural world. Classical rhetoric assumed that orator and listener shared the same culture and the same assumptions. The best rhetorician was the one who best manipulated the monoculture. Today, we cannot assume continuity, but should expect discontinuity. The difficulty in literary criticism (part of all educated readers' training) is that we don't yet expect it. We presume to be co-authors of what we read, intimates—or even experts—who exceed the inspired but confused writer in interpretive clarity. A range of rhetorical figures and tactics block these arrogant habits. They demote, or refuse complicity (or "slap and embrace" readers in Toni Morrison's phrase) to engage admiration and resist control. This range of possible techniques develops from readings of el Inca Garcilaso, Rigoberta Menchu, Toni Morrison, Cirilo Villaverde, and Mario Vargas Llosa, among others.

Sommer D, Vega A. Either And. In: Braschi G Yo-Yo Boing!. Pittsburgh, PA: Latin American Literary Review Press ; 1998.
Sommer D. A Vindication of Double Consciousness. In: Schwarz H A Companion to Postcolonial Studies. New York: Blackwell ; 1998.
Sommer D. At Home Abroad: El Inca Shuttles With Hebreo. In: Suleiman S Creativity and Exile: Poetics Today. Durham, NC: Duke University Press ; 1998.
Sommer D. Syncopate the State. In: Phelan P Performance Studies. New York: New York University Press ; 1998.
Sommer D. No Secrets. In: Gugelberger GM The Real Thing: Testimonial Discourse and Latin America. Durham, NC: Duke University Press ; 1996.
Sommer D. About Face: The Talker Turns. Boundary 2. 1996;23 (1).
Sommer D. Puerto Rico a flote: Desde Hostos hasta hoy. In: Quiñones AD El Caribe entre imperios: coloquio de Princeton. Puerto Rico: Río Piedras, PR: Universidad de Puerto Rico ; 1996.
Sommer D. Irremediablemente humana: El Cetro de Sor Juana. Lazarrillo. 1995;8.
Sommer D. La pienezza della narrativa romantica: Mármol, Mera, Galván, Issacs. In: Puccini D, Yurkievich S Storia della civilità letteraria ispanoamericana, Vol. 2. Torino: UTET ; 1995.
Sommer D. Taking A Life: Hot Pursuit and Cold Rewards in Testimonial Novel. Signs. 1995;20 (4).
Sommer D. Our Ame-Ríca. In: Garber M Fieldwork. New York: Routledge ; 1995.
Sommer D. Grammar Trouble: Cortázar’s Critique of Competence. Diacritics. 1995;25 (1).
Sommer D. Conocimiento Interruptus: una ética de lectura. In: Ludmer J Las culturas de fin de siglo en América Latina. Rosario, Argentina: Beatriz Viterbo ; 1995.
Sommer D. Resistant Texts and Incompetent Readers. Poetics Today. 1994;15 (2-3).
Sommer D. Resisting the Heat: Menchú, Morrison, and Incompetent Readers. In: Pease D, Kaplan A Cultures of United States Imperialism. Durham, NC: Duke University Press ; 1994.