“We and thee (…), us and them”: Not Wanted on the Voyage by Timothy Findley as a postmodern parable of difference Cover Image
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“We and thee (…), us and them”: Not Wanted on the Voyage by Timothy Findley as a postmodern parable of difference
“We and thee (…), us and them”: Not Wanted on the Voyage by Timothy Findley as a postmodern parable of difference

Author(s): Ewa Urbaniak-Rybicka
Subject(s): Literary Texts
Published by: KSIĘGARNIA AKADEMICKA Sp. z o.o.

Summary/Abstract: Not Wanted on the Voyage (1984), by Canadian writer Timothy Findley, challenges the biblical story of the Great Flood by providing a postmodern, alternative and postcolonial version. In Findley’s reconfiguration, Dr Noah becomes a tyrannical leader of a totalitarian state who instead of salvation offers destruction. His vision of a better world excludes various Others, mainly women and animals, but also those who fail to be contained in binary oppositions. It is the lower orders who embrace difference as the ark becomes a battlefield between male and female discourses, the powers of reason and imagination, intolerance and tolerance, as well as death and life. In a way that is characteristic of other novels by Timothy Findley, Not Wanted on the Voyage provides an exploration of fascism. This heteroglot, magic realist text revisions the politics of the chooser and the chosen, the dispossessed and the privileged, or the belonging and the unbelonging. Thus, Not Wanted on the Voyage may be read as a postmodern literary commentary on difference by showing the construction of diversity and its ideological foundations, as well as the dangers of failing to accept multiplicity.

  • Issue Year: 2010
  • Issue No: 11
  • Page Range: 131-141
  • Page Count: 11
  • Language: English