Show simple item record Colwell, Jessyca J. 2017-01-17T19:11:50Z 2017-01-17T19:11:50Z 2006-08
dc.identifier.citation Colwell, J.J. (2006) Nativisms and Mannerisms: Language and Identity in Chang-rae Lee's Native Speaker and A Gesture Life (Unpublished master’s thesis). Indiana University South Bend, South Bend, Indiana. en
dc.description Thesis (M.Lib.St.) -- Indiana University South Bend, 2006 en
dc.description.abstract Although they are American-born and speak English, many American citizens are often identified by their racial backgrounds rather than their citizenship, so questions pertaining to ethnic origin, including questions such as "Where did you learn to speak English so well?" seem ordinary, or even routine for an ethnic or racial minority. Clearly, English language fluency does not usually negate the borders created by a hyphenated identity. In conjunction with having to assume the dominant culture, often the native cultural background of one with a hyphenated identity may be confused with that of another, or be flattened enough that it becomes indistinguishable from another culture. The positioning of Chinese American, Japanese American, Korean American, and Filipino American, among others, within the broad category of Asian American literature not only blurs linguistic and cultural differences but also requires an implicit unwillingness to hear individual difference. Calling attention to this same kind of problematic positioning of the Asian American, the fictional novels of Korean-American Chang-rae Lee, Native Speaker (1995) and A Gesture Life (1999), demonstrate different ways in which language and voice are used to shape and distinguish an identity beyond the generalization of "Asian American." Each of the two works presents a varied representation of the "American experience" through the eyes of an Asian American (more specifically Korean American) protagonist. Lee emphasizes the use of language as a shaping agent of a character's individual identity, requiring the reader to reexamine notions of a generalized Asian identity, an Asian American identity--even who is and who is not American--and, at the same time, to reinterpret the definitions of an authentic American identity and a legitimate American experience. en
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dc.subject Lee, Chang-rae--Criticism and interpretation en
dc.subject Lee, Chang-rae--Native speaker en
dc.subject Lee, Chang-rae--A gesture life en
dc.subject American literature--Korean American authors--History and criticism en
dc.title Nativisms and Mannerisms: Language and Identity in Chang-rae Lee's Native Speaker and A Gesture Life en
dc.type Thesis en
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