The Intersections of Race and Gender in Drown

In Junot Diaz’s collection of short stories titled Drown, the male protagonists of the stories project their ideas about masculinity onto the women that they interact with. The resulting force is a toxic overcompensation that affects every daily interaction, whether it be with their children, their friends, their wives, or strangers. The exaggerated machismo evident … Read moreThe Intersections of Race and Gender in Drown

Masculinity Complexes in Junot Diaz’s “Drown”

Boldly forthright and bitterly candid, Junot Diaz’s “Drown” forges a sense of community culture that propels the development of several of the work’s major themes, foremost among them the retention of historically accepted implications of masculinity. Whereas subjects such as dissecting the infamous coming of age narrative or examining the futility of the ‘American Dream’ … Read moreMasculinity Complexes in Junot Diaz’s “Drown”

Public and Private Spheres in Drown

In Drown by Junot Diaz, there are decisive spaces for men and women within the text. Yunior and his mother demonstrate a compelling and complex dichotomy between a dependent maternal figure and an independent male figure. These two figures are each unique in their presentations of masculinity and femininity as they exist outside of traditional … Read morePublic and Private Spheres in Drown

Fragmented Masculinity: A Critical Analysis of Junot Diaz’s Drown

The effects and significance of unequal powers between males and females appearing in literature has been a popular topic in literary criticism. While a universal way of reading texts from a gender approach is yet to be defined. Kimmel, Hearn & Connell (2005) argued that all literary texts involving characters show a certain degree of … Read moreFragmented Masculinity: A Critical Analysis of Junot Diaz’s Drown

Racism and Classism in Modern America: “How to date a browngirl”

Racism in Modern America “How to date a brown girl (black girl, white girl, or halfie)” by Junot Diaz is a short story narrated by Yunior, a teen of Latino descent. In this short narrative, Yunior walks the reader through the steps to date and engage in sexual relations with different types of girls, changing … Read moreRacism and Classism in Modern America: “How to date a browngirl”