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Mobility at LargeGlobalization, Textuality and Innovative Travel Writing$
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Justin D. Edwards and Rune Graulund

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781846318214

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846317736

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Travelling with the Ondaatje Bros.

Travelling with the Ondaatje Bros.

(p.21) Chapter One Travelling with the Ondaatje Bros.
Mobility at Large
Liverpool University Press

This chapter compares Christopher Ondaatje's conventional travel narrative The Man Eater of Punanai and his brother Michael Ondaatje's experimental travel text Running in the Family. It analyzes how the Ondaatje brothers translated their similar journeys to Sri Lanka into intricate palimpsests of texts and voices. It suggests that both texts illustrate how textuality interlocks with globalization and travel and contends that while they share common genealogies and thematic concerns, they employ radically different textual strategies.

Keywords:   travel narrative, The Man Eater of Punanai, Christopher Ondaatje, Running in the Family, Michael Ondaatje, Sri Lanka, textuality, globalization, textual strategies

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