Date of Award
Master of Arts
Kathy Lou Schultz
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.
dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.
Arnold, Sasha D., "El Guin and Beyond: Hybrid Identity in Latino-American Coming of Age Novels" (2015). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 1098.