Waste studies has recently emerged as an interdisciplinary field of research and, under the larger domain of ecocriticism, a few critics have advocated its use as a theoretical framework for literary analysis. This thesis continues this trend by examining the representation of waste in three postmodern and contemporary Los Angeles-based novels. Moreover, it aims to intersect waste studies, as well as other ecocritical discourses such as environmental justice and material ecocriticism, with postmodern and critical race theory. By doing so, it illuminates the ways in which these novels use the theme of waste to expose the inequitable construction of metanarratives concerning American history and identity wherein certain lives and stories are devalued, categorized as waste, and subsequently discarded. It also explores how these novels function as registers of the multiple and diverse alternate discourses that arise in opposition to exclusionary metanarratives and challenge the pernicious idea of disposability inherent therein.
|Commitee:||Hart, George, Lopez, Dennis|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 56/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Contemporary literature, Ecocriticism, Ethnic literature, Postmodern literature, Waste studies|
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