Date of Award

3-2-2018

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in English and University Honors

Department

English

First Advisor

Marie Lo

Subjects

Fae Myenne Ng (1956- ). Bone -- Criticism and interpretation, Asian Americans in literature

DOI

10.15760/honors.525

Abstract

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.

Persistent Identifier

http://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/24373

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