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Lee Spinks

in Michael Ondaatje

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719066320
eISBN:
9781781703113
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719066320.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter introduces Michael Ondaatje, who began his writing career as a poet, first narrating Ondaatje's childhood years and his education at Bishops University. It then shows that the fast ... More


Archival Legends: National Myth and Transnational Memory in the Works of Michael Ondaatje

Aarthi Vadde

in Chimeras of Form: Modernist Internationalism Beyond Europe, 1914-2016

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780231180245
eISBN:
9780231542562
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231180245.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

The chimera of form featured in my fourth chapter is the archival legend, which I use to classify Billy the Kid and Sailor from Ondaatje’s The Collected Works of Billy the Kid (1970; extended ... More


Michael Ondaatje

Lee Spinks

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719066320
eISBN:
9781781703113
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719066320.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This is a comprehensive study of Michael Ondaatje's entire oeuvre. Starting from Ondaatje's beginnings as a poet, it offers an intensive account of each of his major publications, including The ... More


Expeausition: Ondaatje’s Skin-Effects

Sarah Jackson

in Tactile Poetics: Touch and Contemporary Writing

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780748685318
eISBN:
9781474412360
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748685318.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Developing Didier Anzieu's account of the skin as a palimpsest that preserves traces of experience inscribed on its surface, this chapter reads the ‘palimpsestuous’ quality of Michael Ondaatje's ... More


Michael Ondaatje Tricks the Eye

Alice Brittan

in Modernism, Postcolonialism, and Globalism: Anglophone Literature, 1950 to the Present

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
December 2018
ISBN:
9780199980963
eISBN:
9780190910846
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199980963.003.0015
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

Focusing on In the Skin of a Lion (1987), The English Patient (1992), and The Cat’s Table (2011), this chapter examines Ondaatje’s modernist, indeed Conradian, engagement with the unreliability of ... More


The Dead that Haunt Anil’s Ghost: Subaltern Stereotypes and Postcolonial Melancholia

Mrinalini Chakravorty

in In Stereotype: South Asia in the Global Literary Imaginary

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231165969
eISBN:
9780231537766
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231165969.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter examines Michael Ondaatje's novel, The Dead that Haunt Anil's Ghost, to address the stereotypical portrayal of violence and death in South Asia. The novel employs the Sri Lankan civil ... More


Travelling with the Ondaatje Bros.

in Mobility at Large: Globalization, Textuality and Innovative Travel Writing

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9781846318214
eISBN:
9781846317736
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/UPO9781846317736.002
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter compares Christopher Ondaatje's conventional travel narrative The Man Eater of Punanai and his brother Michael Ondaatje's experimental travel text Running in the Family. It analyzes how ... More


Semblance, Shame, and the Work of Comparison

in The Semblance of Identity: Aesthetic Mediation in Asian American Literature

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804778701
eISBN:
9780804783705
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804778701.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter examines Theodor Adorno's dialectical approach to semblance and subjectivity to theorize the role of comparison in Asian American Studies. It offers a reading of Anil's Ghost (2000), a ... More


Echo

John Mowitt

in Sounds: The Ambient Humanities

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780520284623
eISBN:
9780520960404
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520284623.003.0002
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

This chapter presents a reading of Michael Ondaatje's text on the birth of jazz, Coming through Slaughter, to examine the structure and logic of the echo. Ostensibly a “bio-text” on the jazz ... More


Narrating Sensation: Michael Ondaatje’s The Collected Works of Billy the Kid

Ridvan Askin

in Narrative and Becoming

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9781474414562
eISBN:
9781474426947
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474414562.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Aesthetics

The second chapter traces in detail how Ondaatje’s text engages in what Askin terms disfiguration—the very process of disfiguring its representational surface both in terms of content and form—in ... More


Major Authors: Robertson Davies, Margaret Atwood, Michael Ondaatje

Coral Ann Howells

in The Oxford History of the Novel in English: Volume 12: The Novel in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the South Pacific Since 1950

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
June 2018
ISBN:
9780199679775
eISBN:
9780191869778
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199679775.003.0024
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature, Prose (inc. letters, diaries)

This chapter discusses the works of three Canadian novelists best known internationally: Robertson Davies, Margaret Atwood, and Michael Ondaatje. The careers of Davies, Atwood, and Ondaatje, although ... More


Invisible Victims, Visible Absences

Joanne Lipson Freed

in Haunting Encounters: The Ethics of Reading across Boundaries of Difference

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9781501713767
eISBN:
9781501713828
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501713767.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

Chapter 3 explores the haunting traces that remain in the wake of political disappearance in the novel Anil’s Ghost, by Michael Ondaatje, and the American film Missing (1982), directed by ... More


In Near Ruins: Cultural Theory at the End of the Century

Nicholas B. Dirks

in Autobiography of an Archive: A Scholar's Passage to India

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231169677
eISBN:
9780231538510
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231169677.003.0011
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

This chapter examines the state of cultural theory at the end of the twentieth century. It begins by considering Michael Ondaatje's 1993 novel The English Patient, which the protagonist is the ... More


In Stereotype: South Asia in the Global Literary Imaginary

Mrinalini Chakravorty

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231165969
eISBN:
9780231537766
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231165969.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This book confronts the importance of cultural stereotypes in shaping the ethics and reach of global literature. The text focuses on the seductive force and explanatory power of stereotypes in ... More


Undivided Loyalty: The Problem of Allegiance in the Literature of War

Alison L. LaCroix and William A. Birdthistle

in Cannons and Codes: Law, Literature, and America's Wars

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
April 2021
ISBN:
9780197509371
eISBN:
9780197509401
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780197509371.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism, European Literature

Alison LaCroix and William Birdthistle examine two works: Sebastian Barry’s A Long Long Way (2005) and Michael Ondaatje’s The English Patient (1992), which was made into a film, directed by Anthony ... More


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