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Ţigriş, Simona-Luiza

Ţigriş, Simona-Luiza

Individual Fellow

Interaction and Space in New York in the Writings of Giannina Braschi, Nicholasa Mohr and Esmeralda Santiago

How does space influence interaction between characters in novels about immigration? What is the role of silence in interaction? Does interaction help round off the characterization of a character? How does interaction shape Puerto Rican identity in New York? How do characters appropriate space? How do characters save or lose “face” in conversations?

Project Description

The relationship between interaction and space in a kaleidoscopic city such as New York is intricate. The following suggested writings could help us increase our knowledge on Puerto Rican culture, which strives to develop itself within the boundaries of the American culture: “Yo-Yo Boing” (1988) and “United States of Banana” (2011) by Giannina Braschi, “In Nueva York” (1988) and “Bronx Remembered: A Novella and Stories” (1993) by Nicholasa Mohr and “When I was Puerto Rican” (1993) and “Almost a woman” (1998) by Esmeralda Santiago. The phenomenology of space tries to capture the unique experience of space as it is perceived by inhabitants. Moreover, space configures interaction. Pragmatics studies the use of language in interaction, so the dialogues between characters of various backgrounds will be analyzed.

Selected Publications

1) Țigriș, Simona-Luiza, “A comparison between the concepts of ethos and face”. In Y. – M. Catelly (ed.), Limbă, cultură și civilizație. Provocări și răspunsuri [Language, culture and civilization. Challenges and answers], Bucharest: Politehnica Press, Romania, pp. 495-503, 2013.
2) Țigriș, Simona-Luiza, “Perspectivas sobre al análisis del discurso” [Perspectives on discourse analysis]. In Mária Vajičková (ed), Philologia XXVI/1, Bratislava: Comenius University, Slovakia, pp. 65-77, 2016, https://www.fedu.uniba.sk/sucasti/ustavy/ustav-filologickych-studii/casopis-philologia/ .
3) Țigriș, Simona-Luiza, “The Depiction of Barcelona in The City of Marvels by Eduardo Mendoza”. In Nancy Mathes (ed.), Humanities and Social Sciences Review, Connecticut: Central Connecticut State University, USA, vol. 6, no. 2, pp. 361-370, 2017, http://universitypublications.net/hssr/0602/html/U6K823.xml.