Date of Award

Fall 2022

Degree Type

Restricted to Claremont Colleges Dissertation

Degree Name

English, PhD


School of Arts and Humanities

Advisor/Supervisor/Committee Chair

Wendy Martin

Dissertation or Thesis Committee Member

Eve Oishi

Dissertation or Thesis Committee Member

David Luis-Brown

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American literature, Asian American literature, History, Indigneous literature, Veterans, War


Twentieth-century American military campaigns in Asia transformed the landscape of Indigenous and Asian American writing. Their often-overlooked literature on war illuminates the unexpected social and political alliances between these communities as well as the various ways that military service and refugee status reshaped both. The novels that I explore here document these significant historical processes through various literary movements and critical periods of national and international transition. This dynamic literature chronicles how Indigenous cultures and Asian American communities navigated the threatened erasure of their identities in war (as captives, refugees, and military service members), forged new alliances to defend against continued infringements on their civil liberties from the civil rights era onward, and inspired the production of innovative forms of writing that offer healing for the marginalized, while presenting a more nuanced understanding of Americans at war.