Migrant memories in the writing of Julia Alvarez


  • Tito Matias-Ferreira Jr. UFRN


The main objective of this paper is to analyze, at first, the uses of family memories as one of the main strategies immigrant writers possess to recall their identities. Julia Alvarez (1950 – ) in her novel How the García Girls Lost their Accents (1991) genealogically reflects upon the immigrant condition of the García family for she depicts not only the memories of the García girls either in the U.S. or in the Dominican Republic, but she also recalls stories the girls “heard of” from their aunts, uncles, grandparents, etc. Moreover, there will be a discussion about how Literature ties the private and the collective memory up through writers’ testimonials; effectively speaking their many stories to make the history of the contemporary world.

Biografia do Autor

Tito Matias-Ferreira Jr., UFRN

Doutor em Estudos da Linguagem pela UFRN