Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
This project examines the relationship between transnational Indigeneity and effectuate trauma in Linda Hogan’s People of the Whale (2008). The novel’s protagonist, Thomas Just, endures trauma that emerges from a transnational adoption narrative, which complicates notions of race- and place-based conceptions of selfhood. To analyze Thomas’s production of identity, I look to Kevin Bruyneel’s The Third Space of Sovereignty: The Postcolonial Politics of U.S.–Indigenous Relations (2007) and Mark Jerng’s Claiming Others: Transracial Adoption and National Belonging (2010). Through these lenses, I interrogate the onto-epistemological boundaries that complicate Thomas’s ability to exist in more than one culture and topological community at once. Thomas’s identity exists in and of a metaphysical and sociopolitical “elsewhere” that, although is of two places, is not confined in these physical places and further prevents him from wholly re-integrating into the two communities in which he was once a part.
Banez, Joan M., "Emergence Elsewhere: Third Space in Linda Hogan's People of the Whale." Thesis, Georgia State University, 2019.