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Junot Diaz

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Harsh Patel

on 7 April 2014

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Transcript of Junot Diaz

Biography
Born December 31, 1968 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Immigrated to Parlin, NJ (1974)
Attended Kean College then transferred to Rutgers
Employed at Rutgers
Voracious reader but wasn't good in school
Wrote short stories which were later formed his published collection called "Drown"

Themes Motifs Styles
Mongooses- guardians of the family (In history, they were used for protecting sugar cane fields in D.R.)
Individuality- Oscar is seen as an outsider due to his unique traits
Dominican Masculinity and feminism
Silence (Páginas en blanco)- Literary silences (Gaps in the story) that basically let reader figure out his/her own interpretation of the story
Describes the life of Oscar Wao, an overweight Dominican boy growing up in Paterson, NJ who's obsessed with science fiction/fantasy novels and falling in love
Describes the fukú curse that has plagued his family for years (A curse of doom, specifically of the New World, when the Europeans came to the Island of of Antilles)
Dominican Republic
Junot Diaz

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
1535- Large amount of Taino population are killed due to disease/hunger/forced labor after Spanish invaded the D.R. Also Africans were introduced to do slave work on Hispañola adding to the D.R. culture
1844- The Dominican Republic is born and declares its independence after Haitian President Jean Pierre Boyer is overthrown
Dominican Republic Culture
Consists mainly of European/African roots
During 1950-1970, Dominican art students that were taught by European artists started to excel and create beautiful art that represented social and political conditions at the time
The architecture in the D.R. is also obviously influenced by European colonists from the past
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