Dissertations and Theses

Date of Award


Document Type




First Advisor

Harold Aram Veeser

Second Advisor

Robert Higney

Third Advisor

Andras Kisery


Cultural Appropriation, Contemporary Literature, Migration, Exploitation, Identity, Literary Prize Culture


This paper explores the ways cultural appropriation has existed in literature from the time of Sylvia Plath's poem "Daddy" to the present, with the publication of Jeanine Cummins's novel American Dirt. After dissecting the motives behind the exploitation of traumatic events and acknowledging the consequences appropriation has on the individuals it is portraying, the inclusion of NoViolet Bulawayo's novel We Need New Names proposes a way for contemporary literature to revolve around cultures without silencing voices and allowing individual identities to shine in the texts.



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