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Point of View: Challenging the Border(s) of Perspective

By employing a variety of techniques to render point of view, Julie Otsuka creates a connection between characters and readers in her two novels, When the Emperor Was Divine and The Buddha in the Attic. Otsuka uses both the distance and intimacy of perspective to challenge the borders of the reader's self, allowing the reader to recognize and value another's experience, with her unusual use of limited-omniscient third person, first person and first-person collective. 

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Susanna Childress
Department of English
COLLABORATOR: Dr. Jeffrey Greene, American University of Paris
ADDITIONAL COLLABORATOR: Dr. Saeed Ur Rehman, University of Lehore, Pakistan
STUDENTS OF ADVANCED FICTION WORKSHOP: Shanley Smith, Akia Smith, Michael Stone, Ryan Woodside, Alicia Leitzen, Ester Fletcher, Daisy Gracia
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