Type of Thesis
Dr. Cheryl Higashida
Dr. Penelope Kelsey
Dr. Joanne Belknap
NoViolet Bulawayo’s writing in We Need New Names (2013) privileges the voice of Darling, a black-female child from Zimbabwe and draws the reader into her world and story that is not told through conventional Western discourses of the media or history. Bulawayo renames historical events in Zimbabwe and the immigrant experience in order to reclaim a narrative that is often overlooked because of race, nationality, gender, and age. The names used within the novel are used to challenge the linear narratives of immigration that reproduce the false ideology of easy upward mobility and the disregard of diasporic realities in order to reclaim the historical and social narrative of the Zimbabwean immigrant/postcolonial novel. Bulawayo’s writing and naming allows Darling’s voice to emerge in a Western social sphere that mainly disregards the Zimbabwean and immigrant voice.
Fitzpatrick, Desiree R., "From Paradise to Destroyedmichygen: An Analysis of the Function of Names in We Need New Names by, NoViolet Bulawayo" (2015). Undergraduate Honors Theses. 874.