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Critical overview and conclusion

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/9780719066320.003.0009
Critical overview and conclusion

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This concluding chapter briefly summarises some of the main strands of Ondaatje criticism. It identifies several themes that appear in the discussions of his early poetry, and discusses the critical responses to the six works which were studied in the previous chapters. The chapter stresses that one tends to miss the meaning of Ondaatje's work when they try to account for it within a ‘postcolonial’ or ‘postmodern’ framework. Finally, the chapter determines that most of Ondaatje's best writing is motivated by his desire to take a step back from the everyday world and reflect on the differences of which it is composed.

Keywords: Ondaatje criticism; critical responses; early poetry; postcolonial framework; postmodern framework

Chapter.  3833 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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