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Journeys of Identity and Healing: Exploring the Second-Generation Trauma of Displacement in Dinaw Mengestu's How to Read the Air

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Reckmans, Sandy ULiège
Promotor(s) : Munos, Delphine ULiège
Date of defense : 15-Jun-2023/24-Jun-2023 • Permalink : http://hdl.handle.net/2268.2/17046
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Title : Journeys of Identity and Healing: Exploring the Second-Generation Trauma of Displacement in Dinaw Mengestu's How to Read the Air
Translated title : [fr] Voyages d'identité et de guérison: exploration du traumatisme de la deuxième génération lié au déplacement dans "How to Read the Air" de Dinaw Mengestu
Author : Reckmans, Sandy ULiège
Date of defense  : 15-Jun-2023/24-Jun-2023
Advisor(s) : Munos, Delphine ULiège
Committee's member(s) : Mergeai, Mathilde ULiège
Steyaert, Kris ULiège
Language : English
Number of pages : 80
Keywords : [en] Second-Generation, Displacement, Space, Memory
Discipline(s) : Arts & humanities > Literature
Institution(s) : Université de Liège, Liège, Belgique
Degree: Master en langues et lettres modernes, orientation générale, à finalité approfondie
Faculty: Master thesis of the Faculté de Philosophie et Lettres

Abstract

[en] The members of the second-generation often experience a state of liminality, caught between the host country and their cultural heritage, unsure of where they belong. This dissertation aims to study their transformative journey of self-discovery, which involves both physical and mental aspects, while focusing on Dinaw Mengestu’s How to Read the Air. Physically, they navigate spaces, both tangible and metaphorical, as they seek to reconcile their dual identities and establish a sense of identity and belonging. Mentally, they explore their ancestral memory to construct a cohesive sense of self. By analysing the interconnectedness of physical and mental exploration, this thesis aims to shed light on the complex process of identity formation among members of the second-generation.


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  • Reckmans, Sandy ULiège Université de Liège > Master lang. & lettres mod, or. gén., à fin.

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  • Mergeai, Mathilde ULiège Université de Liège - ULiège > Département de langues modernes : ling., litt. et trad. > Département de langues modernes : ling., litt. et trad.
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  • Steyaert, Kris ULiège Université de Liège - ULiège > Département de langues modernes : ling., litt. et trad. > Littérature néerlandaise
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