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The English Patient

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/9780719066320.003.0007
The English Patient

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This chapter discusses The English Patient, which presents Ondaatje's implied critique of modern cultural and social conditions. This novel studies features of the mind of Europe during a period of political darkness, and is situated between two worlds and two visions of international (dis)order. The chapter also emphasises that The English Patient is a novel concerned with the transition between two phases of modern international history and the nature of Englishness. The discussion defines Englishness as a form of cultural authority that implies citizenship of a nation and culture. It concludes that The English Patient develops an appeal for a more fluid and dynamic exchange of cultural perspectives.

Keywords: English Patient; modern conditions; political darkness; international disorder; modern international history; Englishness; cultural perspectives

Chapter.  12802 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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