Author

Kiyomi Wilks

Date of Award

2014

First Advisor

Rebecca Fiske

Second Advisor

Mileta Roe

Abstract

“Death in Translation” makes use of such theorists as Walter Benjamin, Giorgio Agamben, and Jacques Derrida to analyze the politics of border life and translation, particularly as they pertain to Central American refugees applying for asylum in the United States. The thesis utilizes a mixture of fiction and critical analysis of modern theorists, novelists, and poets to meditate on the ways in which asylum seekers and other border dwellers are forced to abstract themselves from their memories and experiences in order to qualify for the right to life and citizenship in the eyes of sovereign powers, particularly the United States Immigration Court system.

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