Date of Award

Spring 1-1-2012

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

First Advisor

Ruth Mas

Second Advisor

Beverly Weber

Third Advisor

Warren Motte


Home has often been understood as a stable point of origin or a location of belonging, where one understands and is understood. However, the existence of multinational and multilingual homes prompts a reimagining of home as a concept. It cannot be considered a stable location through which identity and origin may be determined. Rather, home must be understood as an ever-changing set of feelings and experiences. As such, it is inextricably joined to language. It is through language that home is defined, experienced and constructed. In this paper, I discuss the varied notions of home and language in the autobiographical and fictional work of two postcolonial, post-migrant writers, Leïla Sebbar and Emine Sevgi Özdamar. Through their work, I will show that ultimately home is a continuous project to be realized, not a stable space to find or return to.