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Living on the Hyphen: The Construction of Multiracial Identities in Selected Modern American Drama

(32) Living on the Hyphen: The Construction of Multiracial Identities in Selected Modern American Drama - Dale Seeds, Department of Theatre

America is a complex amalgam of race, ethnicities, cultures, beliefs, and experiences.  Individuals of multiple identities, African-American, for example, may find it difficult to identify wholly with “African” or “American.” Their identity exists in a fluid boundary, somewhere in between, essentially “on the hyphen.”  Indeed, as Americans, one could argue that we all “live on the hyphen.”  One method to explore the performative nature of multiracial identities is through looking at the way these identifies are constructed in modern American drama by playwrights of color.  The seminar will consider plays by Native American, African American, Latina/o American, and Asian American playwrights.  Similarly, since the immigration experience is often an integral part of this construction of identity, we will also engage in a close reading of our required summer text, Sonia Nazario’s Enrique’s Journey.