Date of Award

Spring 2021

Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (BA)


Language, Literature and Writing

First Advisor

Dr. Kerry Hasler-Brooks


Within these four sections, I decided, for the purposes of this project, to focus on my interactions with Borderlands/La Frontera by Gloria Anzaldúa; Passing by Nella Larsen; Sister, Outsider by Audre Lorde; and Not Vanishing by Chrystos. Anzaldúa’s work focuses on her identity as a queer, Chicana woman inhabiting the U.S.-Mexico border. Passing details the experiences of a Black woman who can pass as white. Lorde’s work is a collection of essays which center her experience as a queer, Black woman. Chrystos’s work is a book of poetry centered in their queer, Two Spirit, Indigenous identity. Additionally, I draw from Edwidge Danticat’s Create Dangerously by writing in a style similar to hers, one which blends the academic and personal, as well as drawing inspiration from her idea of returning to “origin stories” through texts....Throughout my project, I combine literary analysis and close reading with personal narrative and reflection.

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