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Oscar Wao and literary blackness: Decoding the GhettoNerd

Collection:
Black Caribbean Literature (BCL)
Contributor:
Solis,Caitlin D. (Author)
Format:
Dissertation/Thesis
Publication Date:
2009
URL:
http://search.proquest.com.proxy2.library.illinois.edu/docview/305158315/fulltextPDF/1228E632C68A4B24PQ/1?accountid=14553
Published:
Texas: The University of Texas at San Antonio
Location:
African American Research Center, Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject Term:
Caribbean area, History, Blacks, Dominican Republic, Literature, Latino, Diaz, Junot, 1968-
Notes:
84 p., Examines literary blackness in The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz. The literary construct of the GhettoNerd, a character whose voice and worldview is informed not only by the harsh realities of inner-city life, but also by the other-worldliness of Genre and popular culture, stands as a testament to the cultural mixtape that is hip-hop. The author argues that the GhettoNerd is useful for making visible historical trauma and exposing marginalization while articulating agency and self-determination. In the case of Oscar Wao, Díaz creates the GhettoNerd in a Dominican context as a vehicle for exposing the blanqueamiento, the trujillato, and the deracialization among the Dominican diaspora.