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Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Degree Program

Comparative Literature

Year Degree Awarded


Month Degree Awarded


First Advisor

Moira Inghilleri

Second Advisor

Don Levine

Third Advisor

Anne Ciecko

Subject Categories

Comparative Literature


This dissertation examines the depiction of the migrant body in contemporary works of migrant art made by migrant artists across a spectrum of forms (paintings, sculptures, audio installation, fiction, etc.) Each artwork, seen as a ‘return-of-the-gaze’ that interrogates how the migrant is perceived by the societal, institutional, and migrant-self gaze, produces moments of contact between spectators and the migrant narrative, thus facilitating, for the former, a nuanced understanding of the latter.