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標題: 山下凱倫《橘子回歸線》中的邊界跨越
Border Crossing in Karen Tei Yamashita's Tropic of Orange
作者: 王莉萍
Wang, Li-ping
關鍵字: Tropic of Orange;橘子回歸線;border crossing;Western capitalism;immigrant;transnational solidarity;Yamashita;border theory;邊界跨越;西方資本主義;移民;跨國結盟;山下凱倫;邊界理論
出版社: 外國語文學系所
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Karen Tei Yamashita's Tropic of Orange deals much with the issues of border crossing from various perspectives. With the stroke of magic realism, the novel portrays not only the multiracial and trans-ethnic realities of the urban city and borderlands in the global context, but also the transnational alliance of ethnic communities across national, racial and cultural boundaries. The thesis is organized around two interlocking themes: demystifying the Western rhetoric of the positive progressivism, and investigating the movements and mobility of border crossers. The discussion will firstly scrutinize the novel's delineation of the colonial and neo-colonial oppressions in Americas which also brings forth class, race and gender divisions. The attention will then move to three characters Rafaela, Arcangel and Bobby in the novel to explore their flexible movement across the borders as a way to disrupt the Western rhetoric and capitalistic exploitation. By bringing these three characters together, I aim to forge a transnational and trans-racial solidarity. Separately, drawing on Anzaldúa's border theory, I read Rafaela's process of transnational mythmaking and identity formation. Arcangel's ability to spontaneously improvise is taken as his strategy to wake the political consciousness of the underprivileged and instigate them moving across the North. Focusing on a reading of “Asian family values,” I examine Bobby's materialistic improvisation in the process of migrations, and suggest an Asian mode of capitalism. Moreover, I believe that the three characters serve as two separate collective forces emerging from the South (as the Mexicans) and the East (as the Asians). The two forces, merging in the city of Los Angeles, disrupt and infuse new energies to Western discourse. Therefore, this integration of trans-ethnic communities in the U.S. serves as the productive possibilities to transform Western cartography.
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