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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Encyclopedia Wao
by Lesko, Daniel S., M.A., Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, 2018, 64; 10791797
Abstract (Summary)

Junot Diaz’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, is examined as an encyclopedic work of literature and science fiction. In chapter one, this exploration focuses on the fuku as a post-colonial explanation of diaspora, utilizing postmemory to pass on a history of the Americas to future generations. Chapter two transitions into a discussion problematizing assimilation and hybridity, specifically focusing on Oscar and Yunior, attempting to define and understand what Diaz, himself, has pronounced as masculine subjectivities within the novel.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Berger, Charles
Commitee: Cali, Elizabeth, Ramaswamy, Anushiya
School: Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville
Department: English Language & Literature
School Location: United States -- Illinois
Source: MAI 57/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Caribbean literature, American literature
Keywords: Diaspora, Díaz, Junot, Hybridity, Masculine subjectivities, Postmemory, Wao, Oscar
Publication Number: 10791797
ISBN: 978-0-355-99120-8
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