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Wandering Bodies: The Disruption of Identities in Jamaica Kincaid's Lucy and Edwidge Danticat's The Farming of Bones

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This thesis examines the relationship between migration and identity in two Caribbean novels, Jamaica Kincaid’s Lucy and Edwidge Danticat’s The Farming of Bones. Through these female characters, I analyze the process of migration as a disruptive force that complicates Lucy’s and Amabelle’s various identities. The issues they face because of their transition inspires a process of self-discovery. As a result, they choose to reside in spaces of emptiness, allowing them to have no identity placement at the end of their journeys. The ideal solution would be to join their new and old identities together in order to create their individuality. However, they fail in taking that route and instead the authors perform this hybridization of cultures through both novels and in return exemplify what it means to have a Caribbean identity.
subject
Caribbean
Identity
Migration
contributor
Martin, Janelle (author)
Madera, Judith (committee chair)
Still, Erica (committee member)
Hena, Omaar (committee member)
date
2015-06-23T08:35:49Z (accessioned)
2015-06-23T08:35:49Z (available)
2015 (issued)
degree
English (discipline)
identifier
http://hdl.handle.net/10339/57135 (uri)
language
en (iso)
publisher
Wake Forest University
title
Wandering Bodies: The Disruption of Identities in Jamaica Kincaid's Lucy and Edwidge Danticat's The Farming of Bones
type
Thesis

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