Running in the Family

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:
Running in the Family

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This chapter takes a look at the cultural and psychic tensions in Running in the Family, Ondaatje's second published prose work, which also serves as an account of his journeys to Sri Lanka in 1978 and 1980, and shows that it examines colonial identity and culture. It determines that Running in the Family not only serves as an account of Ondaatje's family history, but also as a way to explore the hybrid historical origins and internal cultural divisions of contemporary Sri Lanka.

Keywords: Running in Family; cultural tensions; psychic tensions; colonial identity; culture; family history; historical origins; cultural divisions; contemporary Sri Lanka

Chapter.  10347 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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