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Theories of displacement
Does language function to bring people closer together, or does it distance them from one another? Can a person ever truly get from here to there, or does "there" simply become "here" once a movement has taken place? To what extent does the label we put on a thing or a person affect the way that thing or person moves through the world? Theories of Displacement is the story of an aspiling writer near the end of his undergraduate career who finds himself wrestling with these types of questions. Surrounded by languages- Russian, Japanese, literary academic, and twelve-step recovery lingo-the young man recalls past romantic involvements as he wonders about the potential impact a job opportunity could have on his current relationship.