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The transformation of political identity from commonwealth through postcolonial literature : the cases of Nadine Gordimer, David Malouf, and Michael Ondaatje

Author: Lamia Tayeb
Publisher: Lewiston, NY : Edwin Mellen Press, 2006.
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Talks about how the following three authors address issues of identity and politics in their writings: the Canadian Michael Ondaatje, the Australian David Malouf, and the South African Nadine  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Nadine Gordimer; David Malouf; Michael Ondaatje; Gordimer; Malouf; Ondaatje; Nadine Gordimer; David Malouf; Michael Ondaatje
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lamia Tayeb
ISBN: 0773457003 9780773457003
OCLC Number: 71322358
Description: vi, 319 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: pt. I. Identity in the crosscurrents of theory --
Ch. 1. Postmodernism/post-colonialism : tension and complementarity --
Narrative games in Nadine Gordimer's A sport of nature --
"Driving the four hours to Marmora" : running stories aground in Ondaatje's In the skin of a lion --
The confluence of postcolonialism and postmodernism in David Malouf's An imaginary life --
Ch. 2. Postcolonial literature in the crosscurrents : politics, realism and the appeal of the meta-fictional --
Essential gestures and artistic touch : Nadine Gordimer's realist unrest --
The politics of the private : resuscitating a history of the everyday in the novels of David Malouf and Michale Ondaatje --
pt. II. Mapping identity --
Ch. 3. The construction of national identity in white settler literatures --
Nationalism and utopia : Nadine Gordimer's A sport of nature --
Constructing the Canadian mosaic : Michael Ondaatje's In the skin of a lion --
Nation and integration : David Malouf's Harland's half acre --
Ch. 4. Capitalising 'their' land : the construction of home in the white settler imagination --
Dismantling white bourgeois maps : the erosion of space and identity in Nadine Gordimer's July's people --
Adjudicating landscape and subjectivity in David Malouf's An imaginary life and Fly away Peter --
Ch. 5. Negotiating boundaries : towards a poetics of multiplicity --
Multiculturalism or non-racialism in South Africa --
Colonial boundaries, native horizons : the theme of metamorphosis in Remembering Babylon --
pt. III. Unsettling identity --
Ch. 6. Unsettling whiteness --
The politics and poetics of self-othering in Michael Ondaatje's novels --
Exploring the horizons of selfhood : the theme of transformation in David Malouf's The conversations at Curlow Creek --
Living at the edge : the dissolution of context in July's people --
Ch. 7. Unsettling the nation --
Globalism and diaspora --
The pleasures of migrancy --
Embracing the in-between : the postcolonial politics of hybridity --
Conclusion : beyond identity.
Responsibility: Lamia Tayeb.

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