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Lee Spinks

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780719066320

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719066320.001.0001

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Running in the Family

Running in the Family

(p.107) 5 Running in the Family
Michael Ondaatje

Lee Spinks

Manchester University Press

This chapter takes a look at the cultural and psychic tensions in Running in the Family, Ondaatje's second published prose work, which also serves as an account of his journeys to Sri Lanka in 1978 and 1980, and shows that it examines colonial identity and culture. It determines that Running in the Family not only serves as an account of Ondaatje's family history, but also as a way to explore the hybrid historical origins and internal cultural divisions of contemporary Sri Lanka.

Keywords:   Running in Family, cultural tensions, psychic tensions, colonial identity, culture, family history, historical origins, cultural divisions, contemporary Sri Lanka

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