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Coming Through Slaughter

Lee Spinks

in Michael Ondaatje

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print October 2009 | ISBN: 9780719066320
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781703113 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719066320.003.0004
Coming Through Slaughter

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This chapter discusses Coming Through Slaughter, a novel that features the singular idea of the aesthetic, as well as the conflict which it creates between molar authority and molecular life. It describes this novel as Ondaatje's most comprehensive study of both the limits and claims of art and the relationship between art and life. Coming Through Slaughter is a novel on the legend of Buddy Bolden, and this discussion addresses the claim that it is in many ways an excellent post-colonial work, despite its relative critical neglect. The chapter determines that Coming Through Slaughter can also be read as a powerful allegorical re-working of the original Dionysiac experience.

Keywords: Coming Through Slaughter; aesthetic; molar authority; molecular life; art and life; post-colonial work; Dionysiac experience

Chapter.  9911 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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