Unveiling Racism in America’s Multicultural Society: Reading Julia Alvarez’s How the Garcia Girls Lost their Accents

  • Lovleen Kaur Baidwan Ph.D Research Scholar Department of English and Cultural Studies Panjab University, Chandigarh
Keywords: Exile, Identity, Migration, Race, Racism, Ethnicity

Abstract

Boundaries are the limitations constructed politically, geographically, physical or even psychological. Many a time living within those restricted zones can be claustrophobic. But when given a choice or without choice accepting life beyond the boundaries can be exhilarating for some, and can be further suffocating for some at the same time. Julia Alvarez, is a Dominican-American writer, vividly portraying the struggles of the Latino community in America. But at the same time she embraces the hybridity to construct a new identity across boundaries she never imagined. Leaving one’s homeland is a daunting experience, full of challenges and struggles beyond imagine. But how the author adopts a new culture and a new country gives hope to thousands of such immigrants struggling to find a place for themselves. The feelings of loss, alienation is constructively used and put to purpose through the act of writing. But the darker side also presents that not everything is rosy across boundaries, some get past the uprootedness and develop new roots, some are still stuck in the memory of their homeland. This paper would examine Julia Alvarez’s How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents, and bring out the negatives of moving across boundaries. The paper would also analyze racism towards immigrants prevalent in the American multicultural society.The paper would highlight negative and hidden flaws of the American Dream; racism and segrgation along with the various boundaries overcome by the characters. Boundaries that would include, geographical displacement, mental boundaries, cultural boundaries.etc. also fighting everyday degrading insults It would also focus on the effect of the created boundaries and crossing them on women especially from the Latino community

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2018-06-27
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