Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Identifier

1305

Date

2015

Date of Award

3-13-2015

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Major

English

Concentration

Literature

Committee Chair

Theron Britt

Committee Member

John Bensko

Committee Member

Kathy Lou Schultz

Committee Member

Vania Barraza

Abstract

This essay utilizes three Latino-American coming of age novels, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Bless Me Ultima, and Call Me Henri, to examine the ways in which Latino protagonists and novels defy cultural expectations and create an independent identity for themselves or itself. It examines the process of identity creation by looking at the choices and life events that encourage the individual to break from expectations. Additionally, the essay will demonstrate that the individual has ultimate power in creating and dictating an identity for his or herself. The essay concludes with a demonstration of how the authors of these three novels create a work of art independent of cultural expectations for Latino writers.

Comments

Data is provided by the student.

Library Comment

dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.

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