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For this thesis, I study the novel On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong. The novel is large in its affective and intellectual scope. On Earth weaves multiple competing and interlocking spheres of violence, trauma, familial kinship, animality, language, masculinity, queer racialized intimacy, racially queer melancholia, and loss, etc., experienced by a queer Vietnamese American male narrator, his hapa mother, his grandmother, and his white American boyfriend—all together in a multitudinous inquiry of identity, of how to live and imagine an architecture for the future. Focusing on the macrostructure of the novel and the microstructure of Vuong's sentences, I argue towards a dialectical relationship between the polyvalence of destructive violence that continues to permeate and organize the (queer) Vietnamese American body emerging from the American War in Vietnam and the literary form (which is also a body form) produced by a queer Vietnamese American writer in order to archive, disrupt, negotiate, and transform that violence. I contend that polyvalence of destructive violence is a central fragmenting force that induces and shapes the Vuong’s poetics, which evolves with and beyond the very violence that tries to trap it in the first place.


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Ta, Long Dinh. Literary Form and Violence: A Queer Viet(namese) American Poetics of Fragmentation. . 2022. https://dickinson.hykucommons.org/concern/etds/6daead46-19e4-4413-9c83-9325346f7ff5?locale=en

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Ta, Long Dinh. (2022). Literary Form and Violence: A Queer Viet(namese) American Poetics of Fragmentation. https://dickinson.hykucommons.org/concern/etds/6daead46-19e4-4413-9c83-9325346f7ff5?locale=en

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Ta, Long Dinh. Literary Form and Violence: A Queer Viet(namese) American Poetics of Fragmentation. 2022. https://dickinson.hykucommons.org/concern/etds/6daead46-19e4-4413-9c83-9325346f7ff5?locale=en

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