Sommer D, de la Parra T. "Introduction" and "Mirror, Mirror, in Mother’s Room". In: de Onís TH, Fornoff TF Mama Blanca’s Memoirs. Pittsburgh, PA: Pittsburgh University Press ; 1993.
Sommer D. Cortez in the Courts: The Traps of Translation from Newsprint to Film. In: Garber M The Dissident Spectator. New York: Routledge ; 1993.
Sommer D. Allegory and Dialectics: A Match Made in Romance. Boundary 2. 1991;18 (1).
Sommer D. Rigoberta’s Secrets. Latin American Perspectives: Testimonials Issue. 1991;18 (3).
Foundational Fictions: The National Romances of Latin America
Sommer D. Foundational Fictions: The National Romances of Latin America. Berkeley: University of California Press; 1991. Publisher's VersionAbstract

Foundational Fictions: The National Romances of Latin America (1991) discovers an intimate, mutually constructive relationship between modern heterosexuality and patriotism. Freely chosen and productive passionate alliances seemed "natural" to defenders of laissez-faire, and were the basis for legitimating national independence where those alliances could prosper. And, conversely, the fate of the nation was so sublime a goal that it seemed the natural goad to making passionate alliances. In one country after another, including Brazil with its very peculiar history, the generation between 1850 and 1880 produced national novels that are still required reading in their respective countries. They are part of a civic education, where teenagers learn that passion and patriotism go together, that decent citizens make alliances across class, race, and regional lines in productive rebellion against colonial and corporatist practices. The book speculates generally on the mutual construction of marital love (a modern literary invention, to follow Foucault) and collective dreams of national community (to follow Anderson). Sex and nation are not separable, despite the narrow focus of other speculators on modernity. Together they draw readers into shared personal desires and public dreams of social coherence and economic prosperity.

Nationalisms & Sexualities
Sommer D. Nationalisms & Sexualities. (Sommer D, Parker A, Russo M, Yaeger P). New York: Routledge; 1991. Publisher's Version
Sommer D. Plagiarized Authenticity: Sarmiento’s Cooper and Others. In: Firmat GP Do the Americas Have a Literature? Durham, NC: Duke University Press ; 1990.
Sommer D. Irresistible Romance: The Foundational Fictions of Latin America. In: Bhabha H Nation and Narration. New York: Routledge ; 1990.
Sommer D. Whitman: The Bard of Both Americas. In: Kummings DD Approaches to Teaching Whitman’s Leaves of Grass. New York: Modern Language Association ; 1990.
Sommer D. Galván’s Foundational Fiction and Populist Revisions by Bosch and Marrero Aristy. Revista Iberoamericana. 1988;142.
Sommer D. El género desconstruido: Cómo releer el canon a partir de La Vorágine. In: Ordóñez M Ensayos sobre La vorágine. Madrid: Alianza ; 1988.
Sommer D. Not Just a Personal Story: Women’s Testimonios and the Plural Self. In: Schenck C, Brodzki B Life/Lines: Theoretical Essays on Women’s Autobiography. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press ; 1988.
Sommer D. Sab c’est moi. Hispamérica. 1987;48.
Sommer D, Yúdice G. The Boom in Spanish American Literature: A General Introduction. In: McCaffery L Postmodern Fiction: A Bio-Bibliographical Guide. Westfield, NY: Greenwood Press ; 1986.
Sommer D. Supplying Demand: Walt Whitman as the Liberal Self. In: LaGuardia G, Chevigny B Reinventing the Americas: Comparative Studies of Literature of the United States and Spanish America. New York: Cambridge University Press ; 1986.