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CompLit 1D Notes broken down by work

CompLit 1D Notes broken down by work - JunotDiaz o...

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CompLit 1D Notes broken down by work: Junot Diaz The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao o Geographical   location : Dominican Republic, also set in New Jersey. o Historical   context : Trujillato, 1930-1961 (assassination). 1937—“El Corte”, “cleansing project” to eliminate  Haitians, many killed. Based on language and skin color. Role of history : Book reacting against Trujillo and  against dictatorship, against books as a “totalizing text” through the “pagina blanco” and the switching of  narrators, humor in the footnotes. o Linguistically : hyperglossia: Domincan slang, correct Spanish, correct English, English slang, comic book  references. o Characters : Oscar, Lola, Beli, Abelard Cabral, la Inca, Trujillo, the Gangster, Yunior, Ybon.   o Concepts : o Colonization o Diaspora/migration o Appadurai; -scapes o Pratt; contact zones o Language o Clifford; roots and routes o History vs. history o Mbembe; dictatorial power o Nietzsche; eternal return ( fuk ú ) o Meringue? o Resisting colonial knowledge production—Glissant Aleksander Hemon “A Coin”, “Szmura’s Room”, “Yugoslavia” o Geographical location : Sarajevo, Yugoslavia, Chicago o Historical context : Bosnian War, 1992-1995. Bosnia thought of itself as part of Europe, why then did  Europe do nothing to prevent this? Siege on Sarajevo. Effets of communism. o Linguistically : translation, went to night school to learn English.  o Characters : italicized writer in Chicago, Aida, Kevin (detached cameraman), snipers, cockroach, Szmura,  Bogdan, narrator. o Concepts : o Exile/migration o Language o Diaspora o Contact zones o Lack of privacy/dehumanization o “integration” homogenization
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Zamora Linmark Rolling the R’s o Geographical location : Hawaii o Historical context : 70’s, Philippine immigrants in Hawaii.  Ilocanos : northern Philippines. Recruited to work  in the sugar cane fields. Philippines colonized by Spain, occupied by the US. o Linguistically : pidgin English, correct English, Tagalog, idioms, Spanish. Full of references to pop culture,  disco culture. Language as a form of resistance to assimilation.  o Characters : Edgar Ramirez, Florante, Vicente, Katrina, Exotica, Rocky and Rowena, Mr. Campos/son,  Edgar’s dad, p. 94-103 the crazies, tourists.  o Concepts : o Poetics of nonsense/madness o Camp o Identity/language/resistance o Exile/migration/diaspora o Roots/routes o History vs. history o Appadurai/Pratt: contact zones and transculturation/indigenization (mediascapes and  technologoscapes) o Visibility vs. invisibility: the tourists never some into their part of town, marginalization.
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