Title of Oral/Poster Presentation

The Quest for the Postmodern American Dream

Presenter Information

Remington LohmeyerFollow

Class

Article

Graduation Year

2019

College

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Department

Languages, Philosophy and Communication Studies Department

Faculty Mentor

Crescencio López González

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Abstract

The Quest for the Postmodern American Dream

The path which is taken to find the one’s personal identity is a trivial pursuit which the individual must confront. With the dividing barriers of language, geographical location, color, amongst others, the quest for identity is arduous and lined with trials and obstacles. In Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman, Virgil Suarez’s Going Under, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, and Ernesto Quiñónez’s Bodega Dreams the American Dream is the prevalent topic that is assessed and sought after. This study focuses on the American Dream from the views presented by Miller and Fitzgerald and compares it to the narrations portrayed in the literary novels written by Quiñónez and Suárez thereby illustrating the similitudes and differences of the Latino and American perspectives of the American Dream. These four texts will be used to elaborate and thoroughly analyze the how these authors have radically changed and altered the course of the American literary canon and how their impact has changed the American people.

In this research, the concept of the American Dream will be analyzed to show how the protagonists change over time as they search for their own dream. These literary narratives provide fictionalized experiences which indicate how the American Dream is constantly varying and molding our identities as individuals. Its characters have a lasting impression and impact on how we perceive ourselves in a diverse society, forging new identities and personalities. In effect, these perspectives have changed the American literary canon by conceptualizing the personal identification that each individual faces. This research is designed to allow the reader of these literary texts to see the view of the American Dream from different lights in order to gain a fuller understanding of how the American Dream can be achieved and to present the supposed and possible obstacles and dangers that await them in the journey.

Location

North Atrium

Start Date

4-13-2017 12:00 PM

End Date

4-13-2017 1:15 PM

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The Quest for the Postmodern American Dream

North Atrium

The Quest for the Postmodern American Dream

The path which is taken to find the one’s personal identity is a trivial pursuit which the individual must confront. With the dividing barriers of language, geographical location, color, amongst others, the quest for identity is arduous and lined with trials and obstacles. In Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman, Virgil Suarez’s Going Under, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, and Ernesto Quiñónez’s Bodega Dreams the American Dream is the prevalent topic that is assessed and sought after. This study focuses on the American Dream from the views presented by Miller and Fitzgerald and compares it to the narrations portrayed in the literary novels written by Quiñónez and Suárez thereby illustrating the similitudes and differences of the Latino and American perspectives of the American Dream. These four texts will be used to elaborate and thoroughly analyze the how these authors have radically changed and altered the course of the American literary canon and how their impact has changed the American people.

In this research, the concept of the American Dream will be analyzed to show how the protagonists change over time as they search for their own dream. These literary narratives provide fictionalized experiences which indicate how the American Dream is constantly varying and molding our identities as individuals. Its characters have a lasting impression and impact on how we perceive ourselves in a diverse society, forging new identities and personalities. In effect, these perspectives have changed the American literary canon by conceptualizing the personal identification that each individual faces. This research is designed to allow the reader of these literary texts to see the view of the American Dream from different lights in order to gain a fuller understanding of how the American Dream can be achieved and to present the supposed and possible obstacles and dangers that await them in the journey.