As the reality and concept of globalization grows increasingly common, individuals and countries are considering their role in the phenomenon more and more. An extension of this awareness is seen in the resurgence of the popularity of immigrant novels. As multicultural societies seek to understand how they are viewed by those immigrating to their countries, and voices that have been historically marginalized are increasingly being given a chance to be heard, immigrant narratives that dig beyond the popular struggle laden rise toward upward mobility. Such can be said of NoViolet Bulawayo’s We Need New Names as she breaks the mold of the typical bildungsroman and couples it with the migration story of a young female protagonist named Darling. In this novel, Bulawayo illustrates the adjustments and adaptations required of the immigrant in order to successfully acculturate to the host society of their new land. She depicts a side of immigration often overlooked, illustrating how multicultural societies coerce immigrants into a partial and/or whole rejection of their ethnic identity, through social conditioning. By examining the characters of NoViolet Bulawayo’s We Need New Names, it becomes clear that the cultural contact zones where immigrants are confronted with the culture of their host country are sites of traumatic amputation for the immigrant’s performance of their ethnic identity.
|Commitee:||Dorwick, Ketih, Wu, Yung-Hsing|
|School:||University of Louisiana at Lafayette|
|School Location:||United States -- Louisiana|
|Source:||MAI 56/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Creative writing, Literature, Sociology|
|Keywords:||Acculturation, Bulawayo, NoViolet, Immigrant, Performance, Short stories, Social identity|
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