Der Vortrag findet im Rahmen der Veranstaltungsreihe "Masculinities" des Cornelia Goethe Centrums und der Hessischen Landeszentrale für politische Bildung statt
In dialogue with the versatile notion of orientation in feminist phenomenology, this talk focuses on the representation of gender and place in novels about immigrant experience. The talk is comparative, with a particular emphasis on the representation of masculinity in Junot Diaz's The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao - a novel that takes place on and across multiple borders, and is narrated in and across multiple genres and languages. One of the most interesting aspects of novels about immigrant experience has to do with the diverse ways they orient their implied readers within the world of shared literary inhabitance and, simultaneously, with the ways their narrators and characters apprehend and navigate the world they now share with non-immigrants, that is with those whose histories of arrival are different from theirs. Gender, in this context, becomes a fascinating point of contact and negotiation.
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