Document Type : Original Article
MA Student of English Literature
This research intends to make an understanding of the concept regarding the theories of nation and its becoming by Benedict Anderson and Homi Bhabha in the context of John Dos Passos’ U.S.A. trilogy. Having read the novels, it was found out that there are twelve brothers that their life is related. Moreover, the effect of historical context influences the subjectivity and identity of the characters could be seen. The characters of the novels look for the new identity in the new context with new culture. The main concern of this essay is to discuss the possibility of imagining a community or a collection of people in a society like what is presented in John Dos Passos’ trilogy U.S.A., as a nation through its narration. Also, the matter of nation as either an open-ended concept or an ever-changing idea that is theorized by Benedict Anderson and Homi Bhabha is discussed. According to the ideas and theories of Benedict Anderson and Homi Bhabha around nationalism and national identity and considering the idea of this research about the relation between narration and nation, it seems to be appropriate to pose some questions that come across in the process of this research.