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Title: Narratives of becoming : hybrid identity and the coming of age genre in Caribbean women's literature
Author: Vella, Lianne Rose
ISNI:       0000 0004 5357 8172
Awarding Body: University of Birmingham
Current Institution: University of Birmingham
Date of Award: 2014
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The coming of age genre is a popular and longstanding one within the Caribbean, particularly with reference to female writers. This thesis considers how women writers from across the Caribbean have reconceptualised and altered the coming of age genre to narrate their female hybrid Caribbean identities. I focus on a close textual analysis of four main novels - Julia Alvarez’s \(How\) \(the\) \(García\) \(Girls\) \(Lost\) \(Their\) \(Accents\), Michelle Cliff’s \(No\) \(Telephone\) \(to\) \(Heaven\), Edwidge Danticat’s \(Breath\), \(Eyes\), \(Memory\) and Cristina García’s \(Dreaming\) \(in\) \(Cuban\) - as well as considering several other secondary coming of age texts from across the Caribbean, all of which emerge from various distinct linguistic and cultural contexts. In doing so this work looks at the links between texts from across the region in order to discuss how the female genre differs from the masculine tradition, how it presents a gendered identity formation and how that process of becoming is marked by the hybrid identities of the authors and their protagonists.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: DT Africa ; HQ The family. Marriage. Woman