MICHAEL ONDAATJE’S RUNNING IN THE FAMILY: A CASE OF SELF IDENTITY

PEOPLE: International Journal of Social Sciences

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Title MICHAEL ONDAATJE’S RUNNING IN THE FAMILY: A CASE OF SELF IDENTITY
 
Creator Yameen, Ayesha
Yameen, Haniya
 
Subject Identity
Past
Shadows
Relationships
Perception
 
Description Running in the family is more than an autobiography of Ondaatje.  Quite contrary to the purpose of narrating his history, Ondaatje uses it as a means to locate and discover himself through his writing. The basic quest of Ondaatje’s novel is to search for his identity in the mirrors of his past. The quest for his history, is in fact a quest for himself and he mounts on this quest through the novel ‘Running in the Family’. “Ondaatje’s relationship to his past is in process-and the text itself is an exploration of that process (Joanne 45-6).” He tries to locate himself in the shadows of his father, his native land Ceylon, his family relationships and tries to piece together the random, frivolous life that he remembers of Ceylon. And it is heartening to realize in the first chapter that Ondaatje has absented himself from his own autobiography in lieu of his perception that his own identity can only be located if he anchors the identity of the peripheral characters.
 
Publisher GRDS Publishing
 
Date 2019-08-01
 
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion
Peer-reviewed Article
 
Format application/pdf
 
Identifier https://grdspublishing.org/index.php/people/article/view/2013
10.20319/pijss.2019.52.1923
 
Source PEOPLE: International Journal of Social Sciences; Vol 5 No 2 (2019): Regular Issue
2454-5899
 
Language eng
 
Relation https://grdspublishing.org/index.php/people/article/view/2013/3488
 
Rights Copyright (c) 2019 Ayesha Yameen, Haniya Yameen
 

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