“Conceptualizing the Landscape of Language and Trauma within Host-Foreign Linguistic Immersions Through the Study Of Oscar Hijuelos’ Thoughts without Cigarettes” This talk analyses language as a transformational phenomenon and looks into the manner in which an internalized tongue shapes and defines its speakers’ socio-cognitive and emotional realities. Through the reading of Oscar Hijuelos’ Thoughts without Cigarettes the talk explores what occurs to subjects when, at an early age, their internal code of meanings becomes deficient of its function. Host-foreign language immersions are therefore conceptualized as socioemotional occurrences. The retrospective construction of migrants’ mother tongue is then studied in juxtaposition with the sense of otherness an inner language often evokes. The talk concludes by highlighting the way in which trans-lingual narratives, as literary discursive constructs, testify to writers’ attempts at symbolizing dislocated realities within the continuum of constructed, deconstructed and reconstructed identities.
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