THE HETEROTOPIC SPACES OF POSTCOLONIAL TRAUMA IN MICHAEL ONDAATJE'S ANIL'S GHOST

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					THE HETEROTOPIC SPACES OF POSTCOLONIAL
TRAUMA IN MICHAEL ONDAATJE’S
ANIL’S GHOST

                                                           VICTORIA BURROWS


     Studying in Guy’s Hospital in London where she is training to be a forensic
scientist, Anil Tissera, the protagonist of Michael Ondaatje’s Anil’s Ghost,
discovers a new word that sounds strangely familiar though she has never
heard it before. This word is amygdala, the anatomical term for a small knot
of fibers made up of nerve cells that is located near the stem of the brain, one
of which she 
				
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Description: The Habit of Detour Many book reviews and later articles of literary criticism have accused Ondaatje of circumventing the historical realities of the traumas of the Sri Lankan civil war of which he writes in Anil's Ghost. In an earlier issue of Studies in the Novel, Margaret Scanlan opens an article on Anil's Ghost by questioning whether "[b]y omitting so much of what we expect from a political novel in the way of public events and historical detail, Ondaatje might risk aestheticizing terror, repeating the modernist gesture of turning away from atrocity to timeless form" (emphasis added).
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