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What are some good texts on the area of study "Belonging" for an advanced English student? What are some good texts on the area of study "Belonging" for an advanced English student?

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I highly recommend Kate Chopin's "La Bella Zoraide," a very powerful and moving story.

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I highly recommend Kate Chopin's "La Bella Zoraide," a very powerful and moving story.

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Farming of Bones by Edwidge Danticat explores the idea of belonging in Haiti in a sugar cane farm setting surrounded by political upheaval with belonging defined by word pronunciation. Though not an entertainingly enjoyable book, it may be considered culturally and historically important.

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Concomitant with the motif of belonging as an immigrant experience is Willa Cather's seminal novel My Antonia , the narrative of Bohemian immigrants who came to Nebraska in the 1880s as some of the new American farmers.   Cather's novel is a poignant portrayal of Antonia, who survives her father's suicide, hires herself out as household help, is abandoned at the altar, and later gives birth out of wedlock.  With courage, however, Antonia perseveres and finally reaches self-fulfillment by marrying a Czech farmer, having a loving...

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Just adding a few more, some of the Star Trek: Voyager novels, especially Caretaker really emphasise belonging. Also, novels like The Giver, As You Like It - William Shakespeare, and even some younger reader novels like Skellig or Holes.

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Thanks to all who answered! I'll be looking into all the texts that were mentioned!