Space narrated in recent multicultural literature in Canada (Ondaatje and Mistry)

Author: Molnar, Judit
Source document: The Central European journal of Canadian studies. 2001, vol. 1, iss. [1], pp. 18-23
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The question I would like to raise in my paper is how spacialization is manifest in recent Canadian writing. Spacialization has always been part and parcel of the literary fabric of Canada but I think it gained new dimensions particularly in the writings of immigrants. Their Canadian experience has changed their view of the "old world". Existence be it individual or communal is spacial, and space is a continuum in more than one sense of the word. To my knowlege the spatio-temporal level of identity formation still needs further investigation, therefore my paper would fill a gap in ethnocriticism. I shall concentrate on two novels: Running in the Family (1982) by Michael Ondaatje and Such a Long Journey (1991) by Rohinton Mistry.
La question dont je traite dans le présent article c'est la manifestation de la "spacialization" dans la littérature canadienne contemporaine. Cette problématique faisait toujours partie de la literature canadienne mais je pense quelle présente d'autres dimensions surtout dans les écrits des immigrants. Leur experience de vie au Canada avait changé leur façon de se souvenir du "vieux monde". L'existence soit individuelle ou commune est toujours liée à l'espace et l'espace représente une continuité dans le sens large du terme. A ma connaissance, ce niveau de l'identité spatio-temporelle n'était pas étudié en profondeur et par conséquence cet article pourrait combler une lacune. L'article présent concentre l'attention sur deux romans: Running in the Family (Michael Ondaatje, 1982) et Such a Long Journey (Rohinton Mistry, 1991).
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