Date Thesis Awarded


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Degree Name

Bachelors of Arts (BA)




Richard Lowry

Committee Members

Hermine Pinson

Scott Challener

John Riofrio


Among literary families with histories of abuse specifically, we can observe a certain inheritability of violence through generations; the violence faced by a parent is reproduced onto the child as a coping mechanism, inflicting trauma onto the child and perpetuating a cycle in which the offspring similarly reproduces violence. Within immigrant family units specifically, these violent cycles become entwined with the borders which physically separate family members from each other, an under-explored phenomenon in mainstream literary criticism. Through Lucy; Breath, Eyes, Memory; and Drown, three immigrant novels from the Caribbean region grappling with the implications of family separation, this thesis explores the mechanisms by which immigrant families pass along and cope with intergenerational violence and trauma.

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