Title

Morir Sonando

Publication Date

April 2019

Advisor(s)

Jonathan Cutler

Major

Sociology

Language

English (United States)

Abstract

An immigrant family from Panama finds joy through the subtleties of intertwining their dysfunctional relationships. Sacrifice, discovery, and loss reflect their choices in replacing the role of a lost mother, going away for college, and adolescent discovery. Raised by their grandmother, Mami provides a unique self-definition of fierce womanhood while the oldest sister Denise believes in the power of complacency through the responsibility of her two younger sisters and an overbearing partner. Alyssa begins her first year at college with academic probation whereas Lovely enters her societal fate at 12-years-old. Memory, transnationality, and truth reshape our concept of home and allow us to die dreaming.

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