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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

A textual Caribbean: Voices of the multitude in Junot Díaz's The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
by Arendse, Erin Michelle, M.A.Ed., California State University, Long Beach, 2014, 95; 1527877
Abstract (Summary)

At the heart of Junot Diaz's The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (2007) is the awareness that culture, history, and language are never stable entities, and that each is developed through the telling and retelling of cultural narratives in new and revisionary spaces. With an eye toward that continual retelling, this project seeks to position Oscar Wao at the intersection of several critical spaces that, joined together, create new channels for interpretive development: namely, the postmodern concept of historiographic metafiction, Latino/a critical studies, and the digital humanities. This project will use each of these critical venues to examine the ways Oscar Wao complicates accepted perceptions of Dominican and Dominican-American history and culture by giving voice to multiple narratives. The project will demonstrate that these narratives in turn offer a democratized, revisionary account of the Trujillo Regime, the culture of the Dominican diaspora, and the critical world surrounding the novel.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Lopez, Dennis
Commitee: Arroyo, Sarah, Caron, Tim
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: English
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 53/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Caribbean literature, Latin American Studies
Keywords: Diaz, Junot, Digital humanities, Dominica, Historiographic metafiction, Trujillo Regime, Wao, Oscar
Publication Number: 1527877
ISBN: 978-1-303-98400-6
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