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The Construction of Identity in Edwidge Danticat's The Farming of Bones
Dalarna University, School of Languages and Media Studies, English.
2009 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years))Student thesis
Abstract [en]

The Farming of Bones deals with issues surrounding the dynamic connections between identity and boundary construction in post-colonial context. It will present an analysis of how the novelist problematizes and communicates her idea of social and national identity construction to her readers and how the readers can identify themselves with the struggles and challenges of the protagonist Amabelle who is trying to find her own identity. This essay will show how Danticat’s novel contributes to an understanding of national identity beyond borders and makes the reader take the role of an individual who constructs her identity by uncovering moments of raw humanness. Until now, no literary scholar has examined the protagonist’s therapeutic role in bridging this social and national gap. Instead critics have discussed other issues of the novel like crossing and re-crossing the border, love, dreams, etc. Although this scholarship has been very effective and rewarding, it lacks any focus on the complexity of the characters’ identity construction. Therefore, this paper will reconsider Danticat’s The Farming of Bones with a closer attention to the question of identity.

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Falun, 2009. , 25 p.
Keyword [en]
identity beyond border, post-colonial identity, being border-line therapist, bridging social gaps, Danticat, Homi.K Bhaba, etc
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-4199OAI: oai:dalea.du.se:4199DiVA: diva2:518713
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Humanities, Theology
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Available from: 2009-09-05 Created: 2009-09-05 Last updated: 2012-04-24Bibliographically approved

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