Date of Award

Spring 1-1-2013

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

First Advisor

Laura Brueck

Second Advisor

Christopher Braider

Third Advisor

Leila Gómez


This thesis deals with alternative representations of masculinity in the diaspora. The aim of this study is to question the heteronormative hero represented in these texts and to promote the exercise of subversive readings that recognizes the creative potential of queer and hybrid heroes. Three texts were used for this examination: one novel by Dominican-American author Junot Díaz The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao and two films coming from popular Hindi cinema, Kal Ho Naa Ho and Dostana. A queer reading of these things concluded that the model of successful masculinity these texts champion is not only representative of hetero-patriarchy but also of upward mobility. Furthermore, the queerness and hybridity embodied in the main heroes and used in different stylistic elements within the texts represent the creative potential of including non-normative alternatives to traditional masculinity.