Event Title

P-05 “The beauty! The beauty!”: Toxic Masculinity and Conquering the Female Body in Heart of Darkness and The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

Location

Buller Hall Lobby

Start Date

3-8-2019 2:30 PM

Description

In Junot Díaz’s The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, scholars read the sensitive Oscar as the machismo narrator Yunior’s foil. However, Díaz links Wao to Joseph Conrad’s troubling colonial novella Heart of Darkness. These connections between Wao and Darkness present a negative view of both Oscar and the novel’s end. In connecting Wao to Darkness, I analyze the text’s and characters’s violence against women as descendent of colonizing masculine figures and colonized feminine ones, central to Wao and Darkness. These connections re-contextualize Oscar’s final triumph as a colonizing act against the women with whom he interacts.

Acknowledgments

Supervising Professor: Vanessa Corredera

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Mar 8th, 2:30 PM

P-05 “The beauty! The beauty!”: Toxic Masculinity and Conquering the Female Body in Heart of Darkness and The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

Buller Hall Lobby

In Junot Díaz’s The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, scholars read the sensitive Oscar as the machismo narrator Yunior’s foil. However, Díaz links Wao to Joseph Conrad’s troubling colonial novella Heart of Darkness. These connections between Wao and Darkness present a negative view of both Oscar and the novel’s end. In connecting Wao to Darkness, I analyze the text’s and characters’s violence against women as descendent of colonizing masculine figures and colonized feminine ones, central to Wao and Darkness. These connections re-contextualize Oscar’s final triumph as a colonizing act against the women with whom he interacts.