Ondaatje's "Running in the Family" Analytical Essay by Top Papers

Ondaatje's "Running in the Family"
An examination of Michael Ondaatje's family memoir "Running in the Family".
# 138408 | 1,500 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2008 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2008 in Literature (Canadian)


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The paper looks at how Michael Ondaatje, in his family memoir "Running in the Family", presents readers with an account of his exploration of his family's history on the island of Sri Lanka (Ceylon). The paper discusses Ondaatje's intertwining of his family history and the history of early 20th century Ceylon with a particular emphasis upon how Ondaatje's personal focus obscures the historical reality that of the period. The paper argues the thesis that Ondaatje, writing for a largely white Canadian audience, mines the exoticism of family history while overlooking the realities of collective history in a colonialist context. In this discussion, key issues of central concern in Canadian literature - identity, hybridity, and the meaning of belonging - are prominently addressed.

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"Michael Ondaatje, in his family memoir "Running in the Family", presents readers with an account of his exploration of his family's history on the island of Sri Lanka (Ceylon). Ondaatje represents this not only as his journey through space to Sri Lanka to meet distant relatives, but also as a journey back in time to Ceylon under British colonial rule in the early 20th century. This essay will discuss Ondaatje's intertwining of his family history and the history of early 20th century Ceylon with a..."

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