|Title||Becoming Canadian: Narrating national identity through the history of elsewhere|
This thesis is an investigation of the ways in which Canadian historical fiction that deals with non-Canadian history comments on or contributes to a changing sense of Canadian national identity. Through a close examination Michael Ondaatje’s Coming Through Slaughter and Rohinton Mistry’s Such a Long Journey, I argue that narratives that take the history of elsewhere as subject suggest a formulation of identity that is not only multicultural, but also international, and thus challenge singular, conventional notions of what it means to be Canadian. As the nation is steeped in plurality and diversity, any formulation of identity in the Canadian context must constantly negotiate between various subjectivities. In this sense, Canada and its citizens are never fixed or absolute, but always engaged in the process of becoming Canadian.
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