Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Wasteside stories: Narrative disposal and creation in postmodern and contemporary L.A. novels
by Bennett, Nicole L., M.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2016, 67; 10240086
Abstract (Summary)

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.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Zitzer-Comfort, Carol
Commitee: Hart, George, Lopez, Dennis
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: English
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 56/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: American literature
Keywords: Contemporary literature, Ecocriticism, Ethnic literature, Postmodern literature, Waste studies
Publication Number: 10240086
ISBN: 978-1-369-37509-1
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