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South Asian Readings. By E-chou Wu English Dep. Providence Univ. 06/10/2006. The English Patient. The English Patient. Michael Ondaatje -- poet, filmmaker, and editor. -- born in Colombo, Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) in September 1943.

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south asian readings
South Asian Readings

By E-chou Wu

English Dep. Providence Univ.

06/10/2006

The English Patient

the english patient
The English Patient

Michael Ondaatje

-- poet, filmmaker, and editor.

-- born in Colombo, Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) in

September 1943.

-- moved to England in 1954, relocated to Canada

in 1962,

-- B.A., the Univ of Toronto

-- M.A., Queen's Univ in Kingston

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The English Patient

Poetic Works:

  • The Collected Works of Billy the Kid (1970)
  • There's a Trick with a Knife I'm Learning to Do (1979)

Fictional Works:

  • Running in the Family (1982)
  • In the Skin of the Lion (1987)
  • The English Patient (1992)won a Booker Prize, and adapted into film in 1996

Editor: Brick

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The English Patient

Settings:

  • between 1930s and early 1940s
  • a villa in the hills near Florence, Italy
  • Cairo
  • the Libyan desert
  • England
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The English Patient

Thematic Concerns:

  • Poetical Diction –

•the tense

• the shifting point of view

• reverie and hypnosis

• a poem or a novel

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The English Patient

Thematic Concerns:

2. Love –

• time, space, and death

• as ability

• physical or soulful

• adultery

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The English Patient

Thematic Concerns:

3. Body –

• the burned body as inscription

• body gloss:body as a map (e.g. Katherine’s vaccination scar)

• cultured body: ownership

• the racialized body (e.g. Kip’s hair, brown skin and lithe body)

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The English Patient

Thematic Concerns:

4. Nationality –

• personal identity, racial identity, and national identity

• spy

• the isolated Italian villa (c.f. Huck’s raft)

• Almasy’s conception of nationlessness (e.g. 138-39; 176-77)

• As a sapper, who defuses bomb, Kip’s reaction to the atomic bomb

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The English Patient

Thematic Concerns:

5. Death –

• in a Holy Place (260-61): e.g. Katherine--cave; Madox--church; Patrick--dovecote

• the injection of morphine—death-in life

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The English Patient

Questions for discussion:

  • Is love splendid when it is uncommon? E.g. Kath and EP ; Hana and Kip,
  • Why does humanity change so drastically during the wartime?
  • What role do desert and aviation play in the novel?
  • Why “international bastards?”
  • Discuss the nature of adventure. Is it truly masculine?