Jazzing the Novel: The Derridean Ethics of Michael Ondaatje’s Coming through Slaughter
- Mosaic: a journal for the interdisciplinary study of literature
- Mosaic, an interdisciplinary critical journal
- Volume 49, Number 1, March 2016
- pp. 161-178
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This essay focuses on the depiction of jazz in Michael Ondaatje’s Coming through Slaughter. I argue that the elusiveness of Buddy Bolden’s music and Ondaatje’s own experimentalism enact the ethics that is central to the work of Jacques Derrida. By extension, they articulate a diasporic condition that is both universal as well as culturally specific.