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Iowa State University Digital Repository @ Iowa State University Graduate Theses and Dissertations Graduate College 2010 The maximalist transformation of the female immigrant identity in Bharati Mukherjee's Jasmine and The Holder of the World Lauren D. Hazenson Iowa State University Follow this and additional works at: http://lib.dr.iastate.edu/etd Part of the English Language and Literature Commons, and the Rhetoric and Composition Commons Recommended Citation Hazenson, Lauren D., "The maximalist transformation of the female immigrant identity in Bharati Mukherjee's Jasmine and The Holder of the World" (2010). Graduate Theses and Dissertations. Paper 11304. This Thesis is brought to you for free and open access by the Graduate College at Digital Repository @ Iowa State University. It has been accepted for inclusion in Graduate Theses and Dissertations by an authorized administrator of Digital Repository @ Iowa State University. For more information, please contact hinefuku@iastate.edu. 00000000 The maximalist transformation of the female immigrant identity in Bharati Mukherjee’s Jasmine and The Holder of the World By Lauren Hazenson A thesis submitted to the graduate faculty in partial fulfillment of requirements for the degree of MASTER OF ARTS Major: English (Literature) Program of Study Committee: Diane Price Herndl, Major Professor Constance J. Post Eugenio Matibag Iowa State University Ames, Iowa 2010 Copyright © Lauren Hazenson, 2010. All rights reserved. ii TABLE OF CONTENTS INTRODUCTION JASMINE THE HOLDER OF THE WORLD CONCLUSION FURTHER DIRECTIONS OF STUDY WORKS CITED 1 8 30 53 56 57 1 Mukherjee begins her 1988 New York Times article “Immigrant Writing: Give Us Your Maximalists” by declaring to American readers, “I am one of you now,” heralding her new identity as an American citizen and American

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