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?
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.
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