The Brief Wondrous Life Of Oscar Wao

Author: Junot Diaz
Publisher: Faber & Faber
ISBN: 9780571246205
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Things have never been easy for Oscar. A ghetto nerd living with his Dominican family in New Jersey, he's sweet but disastrously overweight. He dreams of becoming the next J.R.R. Tolkien and he keeps falling hopelessly in love. Poor Oscar may never get what he wants, thanks to the Fukú - the curse that has haunted his family for generations. With dazzling energy and insight Díaz immerses us in the tumultuous lives of Oscar; his runaway sister Lola; their beautiful mother Belicia; and in the family's uproarious journey from the Dominican Republic to the US and back. Rendered with uncommon warmth and humour, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao is a literary triumph, that confirms Junot Díaz as one of the most exciting writers of our time.

The Brief Wondrous Life Of Oscar Wao By Junot D Az How Does The Language Used Reflect The Transcultural Identity Of The Characters

Author: Silvia Schilling
Publisher: GRIN Verlag
ISBN: 9783668392083
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Studienarbeit aus dem Jahr 2016 im Fachbereich Englisch - Literatur, Werke, Note: 1,0, Universität Konstanz, Veranstaltung: Hauptseminar: American Literature and Culture 2, Sprache: Deutsch, Abstract: This term paper analyzes the language used in "The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao" by Junot Díaz and intends to find out how the language mirrors the transcultural identity of the characters. In order to do so, first the terms "Identity" and "Transcultural Identity" are defined and explained, followed by a subchapter discussing the relationship between the language a person uses and his or her identity. Following that, a detailed analysis of the language in the novel is made. This includes the two languages English and Spanish as well as the methods of mixing them and switching between them. Furthermore, there is a variety of speech registers to be found in the novel, two of which are discussed in detail, namely "Nerdspeak" and Academic English. The analysis includes the description of when and how specific words or registers are used, as well as the interpretation as to what this reveals about the sense of belonging or the confusion of identity found in the characters.

The Brief Wondrous Life Of Oscar Wao

Author: Junot Díaz
Publisher: Riverhead Trade (Paperbacks)
ISBN: 1594483590
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Things have never been easy for Oscar, a sweet but disastrously overweight, lovesick Dominican ghetto nerd. From his home in New Jersey, where he lives with his old-world mother and rebellious sister, Oscar dreams of becoming the Dominican J. R. R. Tolkien and, most of all, of finding love. But he may never get what he wants, thanks to the fukú - the curse that has haunted the Oscar's family for generations, dooming them to prison, torture, tragic accidents, and, above all, ill-starred love. Oscar, still waiting for his first kiss, is just its most recent victim.

Transnationale Identit T Als Zentrales Thema Im Roman The Brief Wondrous Life Of Oscar Wao Von Junot D Az

Author: Anne Lipp
Publisher: GRIN Verlag
ISBN: 9783668348738
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Studienarbeit aus dem Jahr 2013 im Fachbereich Romanistik - Sonstiges, Note: 1,7, Universität Potsdam (Romistik), Sprache: Deutsch, Abstract: Das dieser Arbeit zugrunde liegende Werk "The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao" wurde 2007 von Junot Díaz publiziert. Der Roman war so erfolgreich, dass Díaz mehrere Auszeichnungen wie beispielsweise den Pulitzer Preis gewann. Sein Werk lässt sich dem Genre des Diktatorenromans zuordnen. Anders als bei der üblichen Vorgehensweise, bei der die Gewalt und Autorität der Figur des Diktators das zentrale Thema darstellt, stehen in diesem Roman primär einzelne Individuen und deren Leben im Vordergrund. Damit trägt Junot Díaz, der selbst in der Dominikanischen Republik geboren wurde und heute in den USA lebt, zur Rezeption der Geschichte der westindischen Inselwelt aus karibischer Perspektive bei. Die Rezeption der karibischen Geschichte in der Literatur und anderen Wissenschaften betrachtend, wird schnell deutlich, dass diese vorwiegend aus einem okzidental geprägten Verständnis heraus interpretiert wird. So beeinflusse, laut Torres-Saillant, die westliche Sichtweise, welche nur einen „centrifugal glance“ (1997: 61) erlaubt, die Darstellung der Sachverhalte und zeige dabei „little regard for the Caribbean except for the profit or conflict that outsiders may derive from it“ (Torres-Saillant 1997: 61). Dabei, so Torres-Saillant, kollaborieren die Wissenschaftler „in perpetuating a notion that assigns meaning to the Archipelago in terms of its past, present or future connections with Western societies“ (1997: 61). An dieser Stelle wird deutlich, dass aufgrund der Annahme, die karibische Gesellschaft befände sich in einer Disposition gegenüber dem Abendland, das einzelne Individuum vernachlässigt wird. Flores-Rodríguez zufolge würden diese Aspekte zeigen, dass die okzidental geprägte Wissenschaft den karibischen Diskurs meist aus einem Machtverhältnis heraus betrachtet. Des Weiteren deklariert sie „[that] [s]uch a discourse of “Caribbeanness” fails because it does not take into account the moveable and transnational realities of the Caribbean region, nor does it help to raise awareness of these issues beyond the hierarchies imposed by the colonial past” (2008: 92).

A Study Guide For Junot Diaz S The Brief Wondrous Life Of Oscar Wao

Author: Gale, Cengage Learning
Publisher: Gale, Cengage Learning
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A Study Guide for Junot Diaz's "The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao," excerpted from Gale's acclaimed Novels for Students.This concise study guide includes plot summary; character analysis; author biography; study questions; historical context; suggestions for further reading; and much more. For any literature project, trust Novels for Students for all of your research needs.

The Brief Wondrous Life Of Oscar Wao

Author: Junot Daz
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781594483295
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Living with an old-world mother and rebellious sister, an urban New Jersey misfit dreams of becoming the next J. R. R. Tolkien and believes that a long-standing family curse is thwarting his efforts to find love and happiness. A first novel by the author of the collection, Drown. Reprint.

Junot D Az S The Brief Wondrous Life Of Oscar Wao And Its Punishment Of Failed Gender Performances

Author: Bruno Yupanqui Tovar
ISBN: OCLC:953804513
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Junot Díaz’s renowned novel, The Brief, Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (Oscar Wao), presents the brief and wondrous life of its main character, Oscar Wao, but also describes the exceptional lives of Lola and Belicia, his sister and mother, respectively. While the story’s title asserts an enthusiastic tone to the lives of Oscar—and the females in his family—the story actually reveals the victimization and demise of these characters. Though Díaz offers the spell of Fukú americanus, a Dominican superstition, Feminist Theorist Judith Butler provides a more advantageous, concrete explanation for the subjugation of these characters. Butler argues that culture dictates certain expectations for gender performances, but also punishes the individuals who do not live up to these expectations. However, this project will use Anzaldúa’s The Borderlands to complement Butler in order to translate her theory to a work of Latino American literature, and explain how these characters may be seen as hybrids. This thesis explores how Díaz’s novel realizes Butler’s postulate as the main characters do not live up to these expectations, and thus are penalized. The chapters in this thesis will be attributed each to one character, and in this order: Oscar, Lola, and Belicia. Each chapter will encompass a thorough examination into each character’s upbringing, personality, interpersonal and intrapersonal operations, in order to account for their deviation from cultural gender expectations. After each character composition is detailed, the chapters will discuss how each of these factors leads to the character’s downfall, confirming Butler’s Gender Performativity Theory. Finally, this project concludes in showing how all three characters, of differing genders and time periods, as well personal identities, are unable to depart from the gender roles established by Dominican culture without any repercussions.