Narratives of the Transnational: A Quest for Meaning a Study of “Moby Dick or the Whale”

By Graciela Susana Boruszko.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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The circulation of stories, merging knowledge, news and segments of life, foster encounters in neutral “territory” opening up global possibilities. Time and nature join as co-hosts of the meeting in the present tense while inviting past and future references to complete the transnational assembly. Fortuitous meetings, with no agenda arranged in advance, generate interest in the other as an individual, as an alternative to a “national” or “foreign” herald. The transaction of the encounters in the transnational imaginary is simple yet effective as each story creates a shared space and time in neutral “terrain” that becomes a mutual space. The narrative as the communicational currency offers the profitable opportunity of sharing a priceless segment of life. At this point in history the American conversations engage the transnational dialogue in a literary discourse that congregates the universal chorus of voices in transnational space that allows for a more genuine encounter. The American perspectives that Melville presented in the text testify of his visionary optic that opens up into a transnational story in content and in the philosophical approach.

Keywords: Herman Melville, Moby Dick, Transnational, Migration, Space, Identity, Storytelling, Narrative, Immigration

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 9, Issue 3, pp.213-222. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 904.594KB).

Dr. Graciela Susana Boruszko

Faculty, International Studies and Languages, Seaver College, Pepperdine University, Malibu, California, USA

Dr. Graciela Susana Boruszko is a Professor at the International Studies and Languages Division at Pepperdine University. Prior to joining the Pepperdine faculty, she served as chair the Modern Languages Department at Biola University as well as Director for the Studies Abroad Program. For much of her career, professor Boruszko focused on teaching and researching in the areas of Comparative Literature and Linguistics, French Studies, French Philology, Hispanic Studies, Literatures and Cultures. Dr. Boruskzo’s multicultural background forged in her a passion for Cultural, Linguistic and Literary Studies in its multiple representations. Her research topics include: the transnational, identity, ethnicity, multiculturalism, migration, biblical images outside the Bible, Spanish Cultures, Latin American Cultures, linguistics, languages. Dr. Boruszko Participated in numerous international and national Conferences, Symposiums and Colloquiums as well as serving as a visiting professor in countless international forums in Europe, Latin America and North America. Dr. Boruszko earned a Licence de Lettres Modernes, Lettres et Langues, a Maîtrise de Lettres Modernes, Lettres et Langues, a DEA in Lettres and Langues from the Université de Bourgogne in Dijon, France, a DEA in French Philology and a PhD degree in French Philology from the UNED Madrid, Spain.

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