Dissertations and Theses

Date of Award


Document Type




First Advisor

Grayzna Drabik

Second Advisor

Doris Barkin

Third Advisor

Andras Kisery


Immigration, Identity, Female Authors, Caribbean Literature, Cuba, Dominican Republic


Cristina Garcia's Dreaming in Cuban and Julia Alvarez's How the Garcia Girls Lost their Accents are two novels that explore the effects immigration can have on the development of one's identity, respectively. Throughout both novels, it is understood that in order for an immigrant to have a sense of belonging, an exploratory journey of the self must be made. In making this journey, literally and figuratively, the immigrant person begins to appreciate their homeland and immigrated home, thus feeling a sense of belonging and accepting they are of a cultural dual identity.



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