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Borders and agency in BROTHER, I’M DYING

Our common understanding of borders is of borders as physical entities: political lines drawn between territories on a map, tangible boundaries between pieces of land. Representations of borders as physical entities abound in illustrations, maps, and popular media, saturating us with images of clean lines and easy divisions. However, as I will argue in this paper, borders also manifest themselves in various other ways that are far less tangible than these representations may suggest. Borders manifest themselves as practices, as race, and as patriotism; they are not always fixed in a geographic location, but rather imprint themselves on bodies and have shifting locales. I will be analyzing these three manifestations of borders within the context of the novel Brother, I’m Dying by Edwidge Danticat.

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