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Amanda González

My name is Amanda González and I am an English major, the result of having read El Principito as a child and feeling an overwhelming, indescribable, and infinite everything that made me look at literature with unparalleled passion and urgency. I am also a Philosophy minor, a Derridean trying to make sense of bearing witness in this limbo of identity caused by living as a hyphen, always negotiating between the Cuban culture into which I was born and the American culture I’ve been adopting since my parents and I left our island in the Caribbean when I was eleven. I’m interested in the literature of the oppressed and my area of research is the intersection between power and oppression and language. My goal is to seek to understand how it is that we can signify and testify in postcolonial societies if the only language we have to make sense of ourselves and the world is the language of the colonizer.