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제목 Decoding the Immigrant Novel: Using an Age-Graded Psychosocial Approach to Interpret Chang-rae Lee’s A Gesture Life
저자 Andrew Schenck77 77집
출처 신영어영문학
논문게재일 2020.11.25
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Traditional depictions of the immigrant novel portray a migrant who is eager to move to a new land and forget the old. In the novel called A Gesture Life, however, the situation of the narrator, a Japanese immigrant named Doc Hata, is much more complex. Through analysis of this narrator via Eriksons model of psychosocial development, originally enigmatic behaviors become both rational and predictable. Hatas reluctance to form intimate attachments, his reliance on the state, and his resistance to change are all explained as logical reactions to developmental trauma. Moreover, distinct changes in behavior at the end of the novel are revealed to be a process of identity formation, which is reliant on the complex interaction of psychology, biology (age), and the environment. Such analysis presents a holistic view of the immigrant experience, thereby clarifying the concept of transnationalism. The analysis also provides a new perspective to interpret the immigrant novel, which is based upon a migrants individual development in todays complex and interconnected global environment.

 
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  NYJ-77집_11_Andrew Schenck.pdf