Term of Award

Spring 2020

Degree Name

Master of Arts in English (M.A.)

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Thesis (open access)

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Department of Literature

Committee Chair

Joe Pellegrino

Committee Member 1

Dustin Anderson

Committee Member 2

Gautam Kundu


This thesis focuses on the relationship between the individual and the nation in Tash Aw’s Map of the Invisible Worldand Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children. Incorporated Benedict Anderson’s theory of “imagined communities” into the reading of both of the novels, this thesis discusses the limitation of nationalism and the imagination of individuals, aiming to show that it is the diversity of a nation that turns the stagnant imagined communities into fluid imagining communities.

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