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“More like Odysseus”: Playing House in Michael Ondaatje’s The English Patient

Carol Dougherty

in Travel and Home in Homer's Odyssey and Contemporary Literature: Critical Encounters and Nostalgic Returns

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
July 2019
ISBN:
9780198814016
eISBN:
9780191851681
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198814016.003.0002
Subject:
Classical Studies, Prose and Writers: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter offers a reading of Michael Ondaatje’s 1992 novel The English Patient in which four characters take refuge in an abandoned Italian Villa outside Florence in the final year of World War ... 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


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


euthanasia: the english patient

marianne matzo and judith kennedy schwarz

in The Picture of Health: Medical Ethics and the Movies

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780199735365
eISBN:
9780190267520
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199735365.003.0071
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

This chapter discusses the issue of euthanasia raised by the film The English Patient (1996). The film, set in the late 1930s, focuses on Count Laszlo de Almásy (Ralph Fiennes) who is horribly burned ... More


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