Date of Award

Summer 8-9-2019

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Chong Chon-Smith

Second Advisor

Jeremy M. Glick

Academic Program Adviser

Janet Neary


In William Shakespeare’s The Tempest (1610-1611) and Junot Diaz’s The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (2007) the character negotiate contradictions of freedom: the entitlements that justify violence as well as oppression on the one hand and rights that grant access to emancipation from violence and imposition on the other.



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