contributors & abstracts
Jordan Baker is a secondary English education major from Decatur, IL who went to school in Missouri for three years before returning to Decatur and attending Millikin University. He is the lead singer and lyricist for Canadian Customs, a rock band that plays shows throughout Central Illinois. They are currently recording new songs, which can be heard as they are finished at myspace.com/canadiancustoms.
Abstract: In Junot Diaz’s The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, the titular Oscar is portrayed as a “nerd,” and references to “nerd” culture (superheroes, Tolkien, Star Trek, Dungeons & Dragons, etc.) permeate the novel. This paper argues that these references, specifically the comic book references, while seemingly out of place in a tale of Dominican immigrants, are actually essential to conveying the immigrant story Diaz tells.