Not Needing all the Words: Michael Ondaatje’s Literature of by Annick Hillger

By Annick Hillger

Hillger provides a learn of Michael Ondaatje's aesthetics and his position in the sleek quest for self and the Canadian quest for nationwide identification.

Show description

Read or Download Not Needing all the Words: Michael Ondaatje’s Literature of Silence PDF

Similar canadian books

Brown of The Globe, Statesman of Confederation 1860-1880 Volume 2

George Brown (1818-1880) was once the influential editor of the Toronto Globe, the main robust newspaper in British North the USA. He used to be additionally chief of the Liberal social gathering, arch-rival of John A. Macdonald, and the statesman who held the main to Confederation at its most important level. This moment quantity lines the sectional clash that introduced political impasse through 1864 and makes transparent Brown’s important functionality find a fashion out.

Cold Terror: How Canada Nurtures and Exports Terrorism Around the World

"We think Al Qaeda maintains to have a terrorist infrastructure in Canada, one with documented hyperlinks to the U. S. whereas many border safety features were applied in view that Sep 11, the great expanse of the 4,000-mile-long U. S. northern border, with eighty-six issues of access and diverse unofficial crossings, should still offer possibilities for operatives to penetrate U.

Whose North?: Political Change, Political Development, and Self-Government in the Northwest Territories

This spring, the citizens of Canada's northwest territories could be vote casting in a landmark plebiscite, the results of that could good be sure the approach to life of the local humans of the sector for generations to come back. whereas a few representatives of the Tungavik Federation of Nunavut are in favour of the deal, which might proclaim the recent territory of Nunavut, others, Inuit in addition to representatives of Indian teams, argue that its passing may possibly restrict the facility of the local humans to shield their tradition.

Not Needing all the Words: Michael Ondaatje’s Literature of Silence

Hillger offers a research of Michael Ondaatje's aesthetics and his position in the smooth quest for self and the Canadian quest for nationwide identification.

Additional resources for Not Needing all the Words: Michael Ondaatje’s Literature of Silence

Sample text

Mirroring the extent to which his body has been mutilated, Peter’s art also depicts fragmented bodies: “He made fragments of people” forming “a head burrowed in love” or “an arm swimming” (DM , 90). As an artist, Peter does not create coherent bodies, Menschengestalten in Kant’s sense. In his art, bodies are torn apart: a pair of breasts or a couple of fingers, a head or an arm represent the isolated fragments of a coherent human form. ). Considering that we have read about all kinds of torture inflicted on Peter, it is remarkable that the first and only reference to violence in this poem occurs in relation to Peter’s art.

In pointing out that “poststructuralism can be seen as the revenant of modernism in the guise of theory” (40), Huyssen stresses that this is precisely what makes it postmodern. The postmodern thus sheds light back onto the modern. According to Huyssen, the relationship between poststructuralism as a form of literary theory and modern literary practice is one following a logic of Nachträglichkeit (belatedness) both in the psychoanalytic and in the historical sense. I wish to broaden this relationship into one in which contemporary literary forms like Ondaatje’s can be seen as shedding light onto the dark spots of modernity understood in its philosophical sense.

His fragmented art no longer represents the sensible presentation of an Idea, in Hegel’s sense. 3 While “Peter” is shocking to read, since it touches upon the violence inherent in the formation of the self, the poem “Signature,” also from The Dainty Monsters, is very different both in tone and mood. ” In a sense, it picks up the theme of the artist and his art developed in “Peter,” but it does so in a way that makes us laugh. The poem opens with a depiction of a car speeding through the night: The car carried him racing the obvious moon beating in the trees like a white bird.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.70 of 5 – based on 27 votes