Category: identity

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Mistaken Identity in “Incognegro”?

In the last post, I wrote about Zane Pinchback discussing the social constructions of race and identity in Mt Johnson and Warren Pleece’s Incognegro. Today, I want to continue that discussion by looking at the last section of the graphic novel, specifically Zane’s comments to Alonzo upon arriving back in Harlem and the reveal at the end the final pages where the white citizens … Read More Mistaken Identity in “Incognegro”?

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Juan de Pareja and Identity in Ayad Akhtar’s “Disgraced”

Last post, I wrote about the opening of Ayad Akhtar’s Disgraced where Emily works on a portrait of her husband Amir. Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez’s Portrait of Juan de Pareja serves as the inspiration for Emily’s portrait of Amir, and the two discuss Juan de Pareja and specifically the language that they use to construct his identity. The exploration of identity and … Read More Juan de Pareja and Identity in Ayad Akhtar’s “Disgraced”

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Identity in Genaro Kỳ Lý Smith’s “The Land South of the Clouds”: Part III

Over the last couple of posts, I have written about issues of identity in Genaro Kỳ Lý Smith’s The Land South of the Clouds. Today, I want to conclude the discussion that I started last post and look at the rest of “Beautiful,” the chapter where Long Vanh details his relationships with women, focusing on the white woman Melanie first then his relationship with his … Read More Identity in Genaro Kỳ Lý Smith’s “The Land South of the Clouds”: Part III

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Identity in Genaro Kỳ Lý Smith’s “The Land South of the Clouds”: Part II

In the last post, I started writing about the ways that Long Vanh navigates the perceptions that others place upon him as he searches for his own identity in Genaro Kỳ Lý Smith’s The Land South of the Clouds. Today, I want to continue that discussion by looking at “Beautiful,” a chapter in the novel where Long Vanh talks about his relationships with white women, … Read More Identity in Genaro Kỳ Lý Smith’s “The Land South of the Clouds”: Part II

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Identity in Genaro Kỳ Lý Smith’s “The Land South of the Clouds”: Part I

In the last post, I discussed the ways that Cristina García explores identity in her novel Monkey Hunting, specifically through the characters of Chen Pan, Chen Fang, and Domingo. Today, I want to expand that conversation by looking at a few scenes in Genaro Kỳ Lý Smith’s The Land South of the Clouds, a novel that, like Monkey Hunting, examines the ways that we construct … Read More Identity in Genaro Kỳ Lý Smith’s “The Land South of the Clouds”: Part I