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Master of Arts (MA)
This thesis investigates the first and second diasporic generations' approaches to "home" as represented in Dionne Brand's What We All Long For and Madeleine Thien's Certainty. Brand and Thien offer nuanced and counter-intuitive conceptualizations of "home" that emerge in the house, city, and world at large. The authors demonstrate how one's achievement of "home" does not only entail a negotiation of these spaces, but also of familial relations. This thesis argues that the first generation's "diaspora consciousness" is a trait that the second generation inherits and transforms. This second generation exhibits more of a "transnational consciousness," a term that this thesis offers to describe the nomadic lifestyle of the second-generation characters.
Nguyen, Karen, "Diasporic Approaches to "Home" and Family in Dionne Brand's What We All Long For and Madeleine Thien's Certainty" (2008). Open Access Dissertations and Theses. Paper 4652.
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