In the late 1970s Ondaatje returned to his native island of Sri Lanka. As he records his journey through the drug-like heat and intoxicating fragrances of that "pendant off the ear of India, " Ondaatje simultaneously retraces the baroque mythology of his Dutch-Ceylonese family. An inspired travel narrative and family memoir by an exceptional writer.
Sara and Marie dreams of a life of physical beauty, spiritual greatness, pride, success, and wreath, in a typical adolescent rebellion, Marie sneaks away from her parents' house to a friend's party, where she meets John Baker.
Author: Joan C. Barth
Release Date: 2013-10-28
This volume offers therapists effective, practical strategies for helping patients overcome the psychological impact of a history of serious illness in the family. Using illustrative case material, the author discusses the feelings of powerlessness that family illness can produce in an individual, and describes techniques for fostering a healthier, more empowered attitude. She shows how various assessment exercises and validation techniques can help the person distinguish between reality and the myths that evolved as a result of the family illness.
Boundaries, borderlines, limits on the one hand and rites of passage, contact zones, in-between spaces on the other have attracted renewed interest in a broad variety of cultural discourses after a long period of decenterings and delimitations in numerous fields of social, psychological, and intellectual life.Anthropological dimensions of the subject and its multifarious ways of world-making represent the central challenge among the concerns of the humanities. The role of literature and the arts in the formation of cultural and personal identities, theoretical and political approaches to the relation between self and other, the familiar and the foreign, have become key issues in literary and cultural studies; forms of expressivity and expression and question of mediation as well as new enquiries into ethics have characterized the intellectual energies of the past decade. The aim of Borderlandsis to represent a variety of approaches to questions of border crossing and boundary transgression; approaches from different angles and different disciplines, but all converging in their own way on the post-colonial paradigm.Topics discussed include globalization, cartography and ontology, transitional identity, ecocritical sensibility, questions of the application of post-coloniality, gender and sexuality, and attitudes towards space and place. As well as studies of the cinema of the settler colonies, the films of Neil Jordan, and 'Othering' in Canadian sports journalism, there are treatments of the Nigerian novel, South African prison memoirs, and African women's writing. Authors examined include Elizabeth Bowen, Bruce Chatwin, Mohamed Choukri, Nuruddin Farah, Jamaica Kincaid, Pauline Melville, Bharati Mukherjee, Michael Ondaatje, and Leslie Marmon Silko.
Thesis (M.A.) from the year 2009 in the subject English - Literature, Works, printed single-sided, grade: 1.5, University of Bern (Institut f r Englische Sprachen und Literaturen), course: Problems of Intermdiality in Canadian Literature, language: English, abstract: In my paper I shall explore the various functions and connotations of the coast/the beach in Charles Simmons' Salt Water and Iris Murdoch's The Sea, the Sea and substantiate my thesis by scrutinising these works of fiction- the paper's analysis is predominately based on text imminent examinations and their extrapolations- and assess their importance on grounds of the represented relationship between space and identity negotiations in re to the two opposing forces of sexual awakening on the one, and death and detrimental deterioration on the other hand. As the dramatic first sentence in Charles Simmons' Salt Water illustrates, "In the summer of 1969, I fell in love and my father drowned" (13), these two entities are intimately intertwined. Additionally, the beach figures as the uncertain boundary between nature and culture, between the past and the present as well as between the imaginary and the real. Related to this, the beach is a site of wishful thinking, reverie, nostalgia, (unreliable) and mediated memory as well as of the emergence of gripping, obsessive thoughts and their somewhat fabulous constructions. Whenever an act of rejuvenation or a nascent notion of the protagonists' own sense of sexuality is in progress, this development is harshly interrupted by the death of a central figure. I shall elaborate on the claim that here, death acts as an impediment on sexual awakening with unfavourable effects.
Author: Carol E. Leon
Publisher: Peter Lang
Release Date: 2009
The uncertainties and newness that surround us today prompt radical questions about ourselves and our relationship with the external world. How do and can we belong to the places and spaces of today? Movement and Belonging: Lines, Places, and Spaces of Travel describes current realities and suggests ways in which you can define yourself in an ever-changing world. Using the travel writings of V. S. Naipaul, Michael Ondaatje, Patrick White, and D. H. Lawrence, Movement and Belonging demonstrates that «authentic» travel – embracing changing boundaries and cultures – enables you to create sites of belonging where you can find your sense of self.
Author: Daniel Coleman
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
Release Date: 1998
Genre: Literary Criticism
Examines the representation of masculinities in the work of some of Canada's most exciting writers, including Michael Ondaatje, and Rohinton Mistry, to show how cross-cultural migration disrupts assumed codes for masculine behaviour and practice.
Author: Daniel Francis
Publisher: arsenal pulp press
Release Date: 1994-01-01
Genre: Literary Collections
Imagining Ourselves gathers together selections from Canadian non-fiction books that in some way have had a major impact on how we view ourselves as Canadians, revealing how the national identity has been shaped and informed by the written word. Included are selections from such well-known Canadian books as Wild Animals I Have Known (Ernest Thomas Seton), Pilgrims of the Wild (Grey Owl), Klee Wyck (Emily Carr), The Game (Ken Dryden), Renegade in Power (Peter C. Newman), Survival (Margaret Atwood), and The Last Spike (Pierre Berton).
Author: Steven Tötösy de Zepetnek
Publisher: Purdue University Press
Release Date: 2005
Genre: Literary Criticism
Annotation It is an event in literary criticism and culture scholarship that we have new studies on the work of such an original writer as Michael Ondaatje. In this collection, some of the most perceptive scholars working in cultural and literary studies examine Ondaatje's texts - his poetry, his novels In the Skin of a Lion, The English Patient (novel and film), and Anil's Ghost.