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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By E-chou Wu
English Dep. Providence Univ.
The English Patient
-- poet, filmmaker, and editor.
-- born in Colombo, Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) in
-- moved to England in 1954, relocated to Canada
-- B.A., the Univ of Toronto
-- M.A., Queen's Univ in Kingston
• the shifting point of view
• reverie and hypnosis
• a poem or a novel
2. Love –
• time, space, and death
• as ability
• physical or soulful
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)
4. Nationality –
• personal identity, racial identity, and national identity
• 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
5. Death –
• in a Holy Place (260-61): e.g. Katherine--cave; Madox--church; Patrick--dovecote
• the injection of morphine—death-in life
Questions for discussion: