Undergraduate Honors Theses

Thesis Defended

Spring 2016

Document Type


Type of Thesis

Departmental Honors



First Advisor

Annjeanette Wiese


Fiction is proposed as an answer to how marginalized and disenfranchised people, as well as non-dominant and empowered people, can reach true emancipation and empowerment within a United States context. Works of cinema are discussed in brief while the literary works Giovanni’s Room, Americanah, Dreaming in Cuban and the musical genre of Hip-Hop are discussed at depth for their potential power to emancipate and empower the aforementioned peoples. Literary analysis and critical musical examination are combined with sociological and anthropological research to provide a foundation for the thesis. The limitations of fiction are explored in the same manner, whilst discussing why science and history cannot be the only vehicles of empowerment and emancipation available or promoted to non-dominant and/or marginalized/disenfranchised people.