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More On Memory & Longing in The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears

Coming out of our last class I remained interested, like others, in the role of the memory and the past in The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears (unfortunately I ran out of time to write about it before Tuesday’s class). … Continue reading

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Mengestu and the Immigrant Experience

In The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears Dinaw Mengestu tracks the American immigrant experience through the lives of three characters: Sepha, Joseph and Kenneth. Each of them looks back on Africa in a different way encompassing feelings of longing, disillusionment … Continue reading

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Gentrification and Refugee and Immigrant Experience in The Beautiful Things Heaven Bears

In US media coverage about gentrification and human displacement occurring in major cities across the country, refugee and immigrant voices or stories are rarely included. We know from statistical data that many refugees and immigrants reside in the areas that … Continue reading

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