Stephanie Brooks

ENG 7020

Dr. Strombeck

11 January 2016

Assignment One

  1. The keywords for this assignment were “Theory” and “Oscar Wao.” Also, the search was limited in other ways including whether or not the article was peer-reviewed and published since 2009.
  2. Ashley Kunsa’s article “History, Hair, and Reimagining Racial Categories in Junot Díaz’s The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao” was published in 2013. Kunsa includes the term “postnationalism” in her article.
  3. Postnationalism is interested in the reorganizing of peoples, cultures, histories, and rights. In her article, What is Postnationalism?” Tey Mariana Nunn claims postnationalism is a theoretical construct concerned with introducing current and historical discourse of foreign nations’ institutions into broader contexts and geographical locations. Nunn also notes postnationalism does not signal the end of individual nations’ identity but a contribution to more inclusive understanding of identity and borders. In more specific example, in Paths to Post-Nationalism: A Critical Ethnography of Language and Identity, Monica Hellor claims that an individual’s ability to speak multiple languages fixes that person’s progress and worth in a globalizing world. Other specific institutions postnationalism addresses include law, gender, and politics.


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