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Bibliography of Works about Michael Ondaatje

Abu Baker, Ahmad. "Maps in Michael Ondaatje’s The English Patient." Nebula 5.1-2 (March-June 2008): 98.

Banerjee, Mita. The Chutneyfication of History: Salman Rushdie, Michael Ondaatje, Bharati Mukherjee and the Postcolonial Debate. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 2002.

Barbour, Douglas. Michael Ondaatje. New York: Twayne, 1993.

____. "The last time I wrote ‘Paris’: Ondaatje’s first attempt at a poetic sequence in ‘Troy Town’." Essays on Canadian Writing 53 (Summer 1994).

Beddoes, Julie. "Which side is it on? Form, class and politics in In the Skin of a Lion." Essays on Canadian Writing 53 (Summer 1994).

Bök, Christian. "Destructive Creation: The Politicization of Violence in the Works of Michael Ondaatje." Canadian Literature 132 (Spring 1992).

Brittan, Alice. "War and the Book: The Diarist, the Cryptographer, and 'The English Patient.'" PMLA 121.1 (January 2006): 200-213.

Bush, Catherine. "Michael Ondaatje: An Interview." Essays on Canadian Writing. Toronto: ECW Press, 1994.

Clarke, George Elliott. "Michael Ondaatje and the Production of Myth." Studies in Canadian Literature 16.1 (1991).

Cooke, John. The Influence of Painting on Five Canadian Writers: Alice Munro, Hugh Hood, Timothy Findley, Margaret Atwood, and Michael Ondaatje. Lewiston: Edwin Mellen, 1996.

Criglington, Meredith."The City as a Site of Counter-Memory in Anne Michael’s Fugitive Pieces and Michael Ondaatje’s In the Skin of the Lion." Essays on Canadian Writing 81 (Winter 2004).

Denisoff, Dennis. Homosocial desire and the artificial man in Michael Ondaatje’s The Collected Works of Billy the Kid." Essays on Canadian Writing 53 ( Summer 1994).

DeSmyter, Sofie. "Michael Ondaatje’s Coming Through Slaughter: Disrupting Boundaries of Self and Language." English Studies 88.6 (Dec 2007): 682.

Duffy, Dennis. "A Wrench in Time: A Sub-Sub-Librarian Looks beneath the Skin of a Lion." Essays on Canadian Writing 53 (1994).

Ellis, Susan. "Trade and Power, Money and War: Rethinking Masculinity in Michael Ondaatje’s The English Patient." Studies in Canadian Literature 21.2 (1996).

Emlinger Roberts, Rebecca. "Cy Twombly, Michael Ondaatje, and the Mystery of the Missing Translator." The Antioch Review 66.2 (Spring 2008): 314.

Fagan, Cary. "Where the Personal and the Historical Meet: Michael Ondaatje." The Power to Bend Spoons: Interviews with Canadian Novelists. Ed. Beverly Daurio. Toronto: Mercury, 1998.

Fledderus, Bill. "‘The English Patient Reposed in His Bed Like a (Fisher?) King’: Elements of Grail Romance in Ondaatje’s The English Patient." Studies in Canadian Literature 22.1 (1997).

Finkle, Derek. "From page to screen: Michael Ondaatje as filmmaker," Essays on Canadian Writing 53 (Summer 1994).

Forshey, Gerald E. "The English Patient: From Novel to Screenplay." Creative Screenwriting 4.2 (1997).

Gamlin, Gordon. "Michael Ondaatje’s In the Skin of a Lion and the oral narrative." Canadian Literature 135 (Winter 1992).

Ganapathy Dore, Geetha. "The Novel of the Nowhere Man: Michael Ondaatje’s The English Patient." Commonwealth Essays and Studies 16.2 (1993).

____. "Mapping Continents: The Journey Home in Salman Rushdie, Michael Ondaatje and Bharati Mukherjee."Commonwealth Essays and Studies 17.1 (1994).

Garvie, Maureen. "Listening to Michael Ondaatje." Queen’s Quarterly 99.4 (1992): 928-34.

Goldman, Marlene. "Powerful Joy: Michael Ondaatje’s The English Patient and Walter Benjamin’s Allegorical Way of Seeing." University of Toronto Quarterly 70, 4 (Fall 2001).

Heble, Ajay. "Michael Ondaatje and the Problem of History." CLIO: Journal of Literature, History, and the Philosophy of History 19.2 (1990).

Hillger, Annick. Not Needing All the Words: Michael Ondaatje’s Literature of Silence. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2006.

____. "‘Rumours of Topography’: The Cultural Politics of Michael Ondaatje’s Running in the Family." Essays on Canadian Writing 53 (Summer 1994).

____. "Putting Together Another Family: In the Skin of a Lion ," Essays on Canadian Writing 56 (Fall 1995).

Huggan, Graham. "Exoticism and ethnicity in Michael Ondaatje’s Running in the Family," Essays on Canadian Writing 57 (Winter 1995).

Hutcheon, Linda. "The Postmodern Challenge to Boundaries," in The Canadian Postmodern: A Study of Contemporary English-Canadian Fiction. L. Hutcheon. Toronto: Oxford U.P. 1988.

____. "Running in the Family: The Postmodern Challenge." In Spider Blues. Ed. Sam Solecki. Montreal: Véhicule Press, 1985.

Jaireth, Subhash. "Anthony Minghella’s The English Patient: Monoscopic Seeing of Novelistic Heteroglossia." UTS Review 4.2 (1998).

Jarrett, Michael. "Writing Mystory: Coming Through Slaughter." Essays on Canadian Writing 53 (Summer 1994).

Jewinski, Ed. Michael Ondaatje: Express Yourself  Beautifully. Toronto: ECW, 1994.

Johansson, Brigitta. "Iconographic Metafiction: A Converging Aspect of Michael Ondaatje’s The English Patient and John Berger’s To the Wedding," Textual Studies in Canada June 2001.

Jones, Manina. "So Many Varieties of Murder: Detection and Biography in Coming through Slaughter." Essays in Canadian Writing 53 (Summer 1994).

Kamboureli, Smaro. "The Alphabet of the Self: Generic and Other Slippages in Michael Ondaatje’s Running in the Family." In Reflections: Autobiography and Canadian Literature. Ed. K.P. Stich. Ottawa: University of Ottawa Press, 1988.

Kanaganayakam, Chelva. "In Defense of Anil’s Ghost." Ariel 37.1 (January 2006): 5-27.

____. "Outlawed Narrative: Michael Ondaatje’s The Collected Works of Billy the Kid," Sagetrieb 7.1 (Spring 1988).

Kemp, Mark A. R. "Italy and the Ruins of Western Civilization: Michael Ondaatje’s The English Patient." Nemla Italian Studies 21 (1997).

Kjellsmoen, Hilde Stuve. "Mapping the Desert as ‘A Place of Faith’: A Reading of The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje." Postcolonialism and Cultural Resistance. Ed. Jopi Nyman, and John A. Stotesbury. Joensuu: Faculty of Humanities, University of Joensuu , 1999.

Kliman, Todd. "Michael Ondaatje: Cat Burglar in the House of Fiction." The Hollins-Critic 31.5 (1994).

Kyser, Kristina. "Seeing Everything in a Different Light: Vision and Revelation in Michael Ondaatje’s The English Patient." University of Toronto Quarterly 70.4 (Fall 2001).

Lacroix, Jean Michel, Ed.. Re-constructing the Fragments of Michael Ondaatje’s works/ La diversité déconstruite et reconstruite de l’oeuvre de Michael Ondaatje. Conference papers. Paris: Presses de la Sorbonne nouvelle, 1999.

Lernout, Geert. "Michael Ondaatje: The Desert of the Soul." Kunapipi: Journal of Postcolonial Writing 14.2 (1992): 124-26.

____. "Multicultural Canada: The Case of Michael Ondaatje." 'Union in Partition’: Essays in Honour of Jeanne Delbaere. Ed. Gilbert Debusscher and Marc Maufort. Liège: UP of Liège, 1997. 181-90.

Llarena-Ascanio, Maria Jesus. "Michael Ondaatje’s Use of History." The Guises of Canadian Diversity: New European Perspectives. Ed. Serge Jaumain, and Marc Maufort. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 1995.

Lowry, Glen. "Between The English Patients: ‘Race’ and the Cultural Politics of Adapting CanLit." Essays in Canadian Writing 76 (Spring 2002).

Lundgren, Jodl. "‘Color Disrobed Itself from the Body’: The Racialized Aesthetics of Liberation in Michael Ondaatje’s In the Skin of a Lion." Canadian Literature. 190 (Autumn 2006): 15-30.

Marshall, Tom. "Deeper Darkness, after Choreography: Michael Ondaatje."Harsh and Lovely Land: The Major Canadian Poets and the Making of a Canadian Tradition. T. Marshall. Vancouver: U.B.C. Press, 1979.

Maver, Igor. "Creating the National in the International Context: The Postmodernity of Michael Ondaatje’s Fiction." Commonwealth Essays and Studies 17.2 (1995).

Maynard, John. "On Desert Ground: Ondaatje’s The English Patient, Durrell, and the Shifting Sands of Critical Typologies." Deus Loci 5 (1997).

Mundwiler, Leslie. Michael Ondaatje: Word, Image, Imagination. Vancouver: Talonbooks, 1984.

Norris, Ken. "The architecture of Secular Love: Michael Ondaatje’s journey into the confessional." Essays on Canadian Writing 53 (Summer 1994).

Pesch, Josef. "Cultural Clashes? East Meets West in Michael Ondaatje’s Novels." Across the Lines: Intertextuality and Transcultural Communication in the New Literatures in English. Ed. Wolfgang Klooss. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 1998.

____. "Globalized Nationalisms: Michael Ondaatje’s Novels and (Post)Colonial Correctness." Zeitschrift für Kanada Studien 17.1 (1997).

____. "Post-Apocalytical War Histories: Michael Ondaatje’s The English Patient." ARIEL: A Review of International English Literature 28.2 (1997).

Pollmann, O.W. "Canadian Patient: Visit with an Ailing Text." Antigonish Review 113 (1998).

Presson, Rebekah. "Fiction as Opposed to Fact. An Interview with Michael Ondaatje." New Letters 62 (1996).

Renger, Nicola. "Cartography, Historiography, and Identity in Michael Ondaatje’s The English Patient." Beings in Transit: Traveling, Migration, Dislocation. Ed. Liselotte Glage. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2000.

Roberts, Gillian. "Sins of Omission: The English Patient and the Critics," Essays in Canadian Writing 76 (Spring 2002).

Roxborough, David. "The Gospel of Almasy: Christian Mythology in Michael Ondaatje’s The English Patient." Essays in Canadian Writing 67 (Spring 1999).

Rundle, Lisa. "From Novel to Film: The English Patient Distorted." Border/lines 43 (1997).

Sadashige, Jacqui. "Sweeping the Sands: Geographies of Desire in The English Patient." Literature-Film Quarterly 26:4 (1998).

Sarris, Fotios. "In the Skin of a Lion: Michael Ondaatje’s Tenebristic Narrative" Essays on Canadian Writing 44 (1991).

Scobie, Stephen. "The Reading Lesson: Michael Ondaatje and the Patients of Desire." Essays on Canadian Writing 53 (1994).

____. " Coming Through Slaughter: Fictional Magnets and Spider’s Webbs." Essays on Canadian Writing 12 (Fall 1978).

Siemerling, Winfried. Discoveries of the Other: Alterity in the Work of Leonard Cohen, Hubert Aquin, Michael Ondaatje, and Nicole Brossard. Toronto: U of Toronto P, 1994.

____. "Fascination and Liminality in Michael Ondaatje’s Coming Through Slaughter," Over Here ( UK ) 13, 2 (Winter 1993).

Simmons, Rochelle. "In The Skin of a Lion as a Cubist Novel," University of Toronto Quarterly 67.3 (summer 1998).

Simpson, D. Mark. "Minefield readings: The postcolonial English Patient." Essays on Canadian Writing 53 (Summer 1994).

Smythe, Karen E. "Listen It: Responses to Ondaatje." Essays on Canadian Writing 53 (Summer1994).

Solecki, Sam. Ragas of Longing: The Poetry of Michael Ondaatje. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2003.

Solecki, Sam, Ed.. Spider Blues: Essays on Michael Ondaatje. Montreal: Véhicule Press, 1985.

____. It Runs in the Family: A Reading of Michael Ondaatje’s Secular Love." University of Toronto Quarterly 70.2 (Spring 2001).

____. Making and Destroying: Michael Ondaatje’s Coming Through Slaughter and Extremist Art." Essays in Canadian Writing 12 (Fall 1978).

____. Nets and Chaos: The poetry of Michael Ondaatje." J. David, Ed.. Brave New Wave. Toronto: ECW Press, 1978.

Stanton, Katherine. Cosmopolitan Fictions: Ethics, Politics, and Global Change in the Works of Kazuo Ishiguro, Michael Ondaatje, Jamaica Kincaid, and J.M. Coetzee. New York: Routledge, 2006.

Stenberg, Douglas-G. "A Firmament in the Midst of the Waters: Dimensions of Love in The English Patient." Literature-Film Quarterly 26.4 (1998) 255-62.

Sugunasiri, Suwanda H. J. "‘Sri Lankan’ Canadian Poets: The Bourgeoisie that Fled the Revolution." Canadian Literature 132 (1992).

Testa, Bart. "He did not work here for long: Michael Ondaatje and the cinema." Essays on Canadian Writing 53 (Summer 1994).

Totosy de Zepetnek, Steven, Ed. Comparative Cultural Studies and Michael Ondaatje’s Writing.

Totosy de Zepetnek, Steven. "Cultures, Peripheralities, and Comparative Literature." Comparative Literature: Theory, Method, Application. By Steven Totosy de Zepetnek. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 1998.

____. " The English Patient: Truth is Stanger Than Fiction." Essays in Canadian Writing 53 (Summer 1994).

Turcotte, Gerry. "Response: Venturing into Undiscoverable Countries: Reading Ondaatje, Malouf, Atwood and Jia in an Asia-Pacific Context." Australian Canadian Studies 15-16 (1997-98).

Verhoeven, W. M. "Naming the Present/Naming the Past: Historiographic Metafiction in Findley and Ondaatje." Shades of Empire in Colonial and Post-Colonial Literatures. Ed. C.C. Barfoot and Theo D'haen. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 1993.

____. "Playing Hide and Seek in Language: Michael Ondaatje’s Historiography of the Self." American Review of Canadian Studies 24.1 (1994).

Wachtel, Eleanor. "An Interview with Michael Ondaatje." Canadian Literature 53 (1994): 250-61.

Waldman, Nell. "Michael Ondaatje (1943-)." ECW’s Biographical Guide to Canadian Poets. Ed. Robert Lecker, Jack David, and Ellen Quigley. Toronto: ECW Press, 1993. 271-77.

____. "Michael Ondaatje and His Works." Canadian Writers and Their Works. Ed. Robert Lecker; Jack David, and Ellen Quigley. Toronto: ECW, 1992.

West Lafayette, Indiana: Purdue University Press, 2005.

Williams David. "The Politics of Cyborg Communications: Harold Innis, Marshall McLuhan, and The English Patient." Canadian Literature 156 (1998).

York, Lorraine M. "The other side of dailiness": photography in the works of Alice Munro, Timothy Findley, Michael Ondaatje and Margaret Laurence. Toronto: ECW Press, 1988.

____. "Whirling blindfolded in the house of woman: Gender politics in the poetry and fiction of Michael Ondaatje." Essays on Canadian Writing 53 (Summer 1994).

Younis, Raymond Aaron. "Nationhood and Decolonization in The English Patient." Literature-Film Quarterly 26.1 (1998).

Recent Theses on Michael Ondaatje

Brown, Andrew G. The Eye as Author: photographic theory in the works of Michael Ondaatje. 1995.

Budd, Adam Russell. Playing within the discipline: Dynamics of authorship in three Canadian autobiographies. 1996.

Cole, Jennifer Anne. There’s a trick with a myth I'm learning to do: the creation of myth in Michael Ondaatje’s prose. 1989.

Downton, Dawn Rae. Postmodern elements in the poems of Eli Mandel, Michael Ondaatje and Robert Kroetsch. 1985.

Devitt, Hart. Embracing the mural: re-presenting subjectivity in Michael Ondaatje’s In the Skin of a Lion. 1999.

Emmerson, Shannon. Negotiating the boundaries of gender: construction and representation of women in the work of Michael Ondaatje. 2000.

Gamlin, Gordon Sebastian. Michael Ondaatje’s representation of history and the oral narrative. 1994.

Germundson, Karen. Postmodernism and the contemporary Canadian novel: the works of Jack Hodgins, Robert Kroetsch, Michael Ondaatje and Audrey Thomas as responses to the postmodern philosophy of survival. 1989.

Greene, Michael D. Moving to the clear: a study of the grotesque in the writing of Michael Ondaatje. 1997.

Hansen, Garry Michael. Michael Ondaatje’s blurred biographies: The Collected Works of Billy the Kid, Coming Through Slaughter, and Running in the Family. 1987.

Harding-Russell, Gillian. Open Forms of mythopoeia in three post-modern Canadian poets: Gwendolyn MacEwen, George Bowering, Michael Ondaatje. 1987.

Heble, Ajay. Sailing to that perfect edge: Coming Through Slaughter and The Collected Works of Billy the Kid as self-reflexive studies of Michael Ondaatje’s own creativity. 1986.

Hibbard, Kimberly. Building new myths: an examination of three works by Michael Ondaatje. 1998.

Holloway, Susan. The dead mother: social construction in two Canadian novels. 1994.

Kolybaba, Kathleen Rose. Michael Ondaatje: artist as outlaw. 1995.

McKinnon, Ann Marie. The death drive: Cronenberg, Ondaatje, Gould. 2002.

McDermid, John. Lyric technique as narrative structure in Michael Ondaatje. 1984.

Rauweda, Antje M. Unsettling Whiteness: Hume Ondaatje, Malouf and Carey. 2002.

Rembold, Robert. Does Running in the Family leave Dust tracks on a road?: A traveler’s guide to inscribing subjective ethnicity. 2001.

Sesk, David Andrew. Poetics and the realistic novel: contextual equivalence systems in Michael Ondaatje’s In the Skin of a Lion. 1998.

Siemerling, Winfried. Alterity in the work of Leonard Cohen, Hubert Aquin, Michael Ondaatje and Nicole Brossard. 1992.

Wilton, Ray. Order as process: Narrative structure in the works of Michael Ondaatje. 1988.

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