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Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor's Name

Nandini Dhar

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Second Advisor's Name

Heather Russell

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Third Advisor's Name

Ana Luszczynska

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Dominican history, material culture, mythic American Dream, Migration, Media, Let it Rain Coffee, Angie Cruz, Esperanza Colon, Dallas, Daniel Miller, Self-Agency

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This thesis examines the connection between Dominican history, the influence of American material culture, and the mythic American Dream as catalysts for migration. The two U.S. occupations and American propaganda through media had a great effect on the deceptive perception of an American life as an effortless method for attaining wealth. Let it Rain Coffee by Angie Cruz, will focus on the character, Esperanza Colon, and her obsession with the lavish lifestyle she views on the television show, Dallas. Material objects, as argued by Daniel Miller in his book, Stuff, work in subtle yet significant ways and determine our function, identification, and experience in society. If the ideal purpose of material culture is to presuppose our roles as individuals, one can conclude that the novel showcases the issues of a subordinate class struggling to attain the material goods that represent economic wealth while maintaining a sense of self-identification and self-agency.





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