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Across Borders: Migrancy, Bilingualism, and the Reconfiguration of Postcolonialism in Junot Díaz’s Fiction

Fennell, Laura LU (2015) LIVR07 20151
Master's Programme: Literature - Culture - Media
Comparative Literature
Abstract (Swedish)
Equipped with Junot Díaz’s novel The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (2007) and his collections of short stories Drown (1996) and This Is How You Lose Her (2012), this thesis interprets the fundamentals of migrant literature, studies Díaz’s tools of migrant depiction, and examines contemporary postcolonial and migrant discourse. This is performed in three integral segments of study. First, the unstable terminology surrounding migration and hybrid self-fashioning is discussed with identity theory from theorists such as Homi K. Bhabha and Elleke Boehmer. This experience of hybrid identity is related to Yunior de las Casas, the primary narrator of all three texts. Later, accompanied by language theory from Doris Sommer and Lourdes Torres,... (More)
Equipped with Junot Díaz’s novel The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (2007) and his collections of short stories Drown (1996) and This Is How You Lose Her (2012), this thesis interprets the fundamentals of migrant literature, studies Díaz’s tools of migrant depiction, and examines contemporary postcolonial and migrant discourse. This is performed in three integral segments of study. First, the unstable terminology surrounding migration and hybrid self-fashioning is discussed with identity theory from theorists such as Homi K. Bhabha and Elleke Boehmer. This experience of hybrid identity is related to Yunior de las Casas, the primary narrator of all three texts. Later, accompanied by language theory from Doris Sommer and Lourdes Torres, bilingualism is revealed as the authoritative device to depict migrant lifestyles. This code-switching is exemplified by Yunior’s seamless transitions between English and Spanish. Finally, the narrator’s historical footnotes are discussed as a reconfiguration of postcolonial discourse that explores the link between postcolonial, diasporic, and migrant literature while arguing that the overlap between these does not make the genres interchangeable. The ambition is to explain the criteria for migrant literature and to use Díaz’s texts to explain the interpretations, tools, and effects of migrant literature. (Less)
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author
Fennell, Laura LU
supervisor
organization
course
LIVR07 20151
year
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H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
subject
keywords
migrancy, migration, bilingualism, postcolonialism, Junot Díaz, other
language
English
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7373814
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  abstract     = {Equipped with Junot Díaz’s novel The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (2007) and his collections of short stories Drown (1996) and This Is How You Lose Her (2012), this thesis interprets the fundamentals of migrant literature, studies Díaz’s tools of migrant depiction, and examines contemporary postcolonial and migrant discourse. This is performed in three integral segments of study. First, the unstable terminology surrounding migration and hybrid self-fashioning is discussed with identity theory from theorists such as Homi K. Bhabha and Elleke Boehmer. This experience of hybrid identity is related to Yunior de las Casas, the primary narrator of all three texts. Later, accompanied by language theory from Doris Sommer and Lourdes Torres, bilingualism is revealed as the authoritative device to depict migrant lifestyles. This code-switching is exemplified by Yunior’s seamless transitions between English and Spanish. Finally, the narrator’s historical footnotes are discussed as a reconfiguration of postcolonial discourse that explores the link between postcolonial, diasporic, and migrant literature while arguing that the overlap between these does not make the genres interchangeable. The ambition is to explain the criteria for migrant literature and to use Díaz’s texts to explain the interpretations, tools, and effects of migrant literature.},
  author       = {Fennell, Laura},
  keyword      = {migrancy,migration,bilingualism,postcolonialism,Junot Díaz,other},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Across Borders: Migrancy, Bilingualism, and the Reconfiguration of Postcolonialism in Junot Díaz’s Fiction},
  year         = {2015},
}