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Title: Between travel writing and transnational literature : Michael Ondaatje, Vikram Seth, and Amitav Ghosh
Author: Knowles, Sam Blyth
Awarding Body: University of Leeds
Current Institution: University of Leeds
Date of Award: 2011
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In this thesis, I make an in-depth study of the travel-related work of three authors: Michael Ondaatje, Vikram Seth, and Arnitav Ghosh. They have all written travelogues, the importance of which - in terms of the centrality of the idea of travel to their identities and works - has been critically underestimated; my work is intended to redress this imbalance, and to assert the importance of the experiences and consequences of travel to the lives and authorships of these three authors. I explore the importance of travel through a focus on the concept of transnationalism in the work of all three - whether this transnationalism is textual, personal, or geopolitical, it provides a crucial lens through which to view the work of Ondaatje, Seth, and Ghosh. This dual focus on travel and transnationalism is reflected in the structure of the thesis. After a critical introduction, in which I map out the terrain of my argument and accept and reject certain key methodological terms, the work falls into three main, author-focused chapters. In each of these, I start with a biographical analysis of the author and his situation; this leads into an analysis of his principal work of travel writing (Ondaatje's Running in the Family, Seth's From Heaven Lake: Travels through Sinkiang and Tibet, and Ghosh's In an Antique Land); and in the final section of each chapter I study an example of the author's transnationalliterature from the end of the twentieth century (respectively, Anil's Ghost, An Equal Music, and The Glass Palace).
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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