Date of Award
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in English and University Honors
Fae Myenne Ng (1956- ). Bone -- Criticism and interpretation, American literature -- Asian American authors -- History and criticism, Asian Americans in literature
This paper analyzes the ways in which Fae Myenne Ng's 1993 novel Bone utilizes fragmentation, atemporality, and untranslated gestures as a means to challenge the assumption that language and storytelling are unmediated methods in understanding a culturally legible Asian American experience. This paper argues against the practice of reading minority literature as an aestheticization of an experience and instead emphasizes that Bone forces readers to contextualize the historical framework through which it operates by not making itself culturally legible.
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Climaldi, Alexa, ""Our inside story is something entirely different" : Cultural Illegibility, Layered Time, and Untranslated Gestures in Fae Myenne Ng’s Bone" (2018). University Honors Theses. Paper 520.