Christopher S. Santiago F'14

Christopher S. Santiago
Assistant Professor
University of St. Thomas, MN

Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships 2014
Doctoral Candidate
University of Southern California
Sonic Displacement, Sonic Placemaking: The Poetics of Diaspora in Yoko Tawada, Jessica Hagedorn, M.I.A., and Cathy Park Hong

This project investigates the relationship between literature, sound, and displacement in the work of Asian diasporic writers. Combining sound studies practices with a phenomenological approach to literary texts, the study listens closely to the sonic irruptions within Jessica Hagedorn’s Filipino-American immigrant punk-rock novel “The Gangster of Love”; Sri Lankan/British rapper M.I.A.’s first and second albums “Arular” and “Kala”; Korean-American poet Cathy Park Hong’s patois-inventing, book-length sequence “Dance Dance Revolution”; and selected essays, poems, and stories of the Japanese-German author Yoko Tawada. In developing new readings of diasporic texts—readings that argue for the indispensability of diasporic literature within a larger literary and social discourse—the project also seeks to contribute toward a new critical framework for reading sound in literature, one that foregrounds sonic irruptions and the ways in which they can be heard as sites of rupture in hegemonies of language.