2014 Student Research Conference:
27th Annual Student Research Conference

La Nepatla and the Hundred Thousand Kingdoms
Caitlin M. Carey
Dr. Hena Ahmad, Faculty Mentor

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms was published in 2010 by N. K. Jemisin as the first in a trilogy. The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms are a great empire, controlled and overseen by one dominant family who have dominated not only the rest of the world but also the gods themselves. As the main character Yeine navigates the cutthroat world of politics in the capital of the empire and uncovers plots of god and men alike, she enters napatla, an in-between space, and realizes that those around her exist in the same state. Using Gloria Anzaldas experience as a Chicana border artist, this paper takes a look at postcolonialism and the idea of a transitional space in identity as portrayed in Jemisins work as well as the implications of napatla gods.

Keywords: N. K. Jemisin, The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, Postcolonialism, Identity


Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 110-1
Location: VH 1236
Time: 8:00

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