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What effects does the neo-colonialist movement have on modern day literature? (i.e. Michael Ondaatje, Arundhati Roy)

Neo-colonialism, in literature, is characterised, according to Lyotard's conception of the movement by a departure from the traditional unitary, or linear narrative. In following with the ouverture of dialogue between ethnic and political minorities and cultural diversification endemic to neo-colonialism, neo-colonialist literature characteristically displays a use of fragmented and multiple narratives. This can be seen clearly in Arundhati Roy's 'The God of Small Things' where several narratives are used in order to convey more than one character's thoughts, emotions and stories. Accordingly; the same technique, along with the use of fragmentation is used by Michael Ondaatje in his autobiographical novel 'Running in the Family'. The use of these techniques, or literary devices, by both authors serves as an illustration of two of the neo-colonialist movement's main ideas; namely that it is nigh on impossible to tell the a whole story by using a single linear narrative, and, that in order for a narrative to be 'complete', the reader ought to be able to begin at any point in the story. Subsequently, neo-colonialism in literature signifies a departure from traditional single-strand narratives, and a departure from linear narratives (beggining, middle, end.). As a reflection of its political counterpart, the neocolonial literary movement has greatly impacted what we now think of as contemporary or modern literature. Further examples are Margaret Atwood's 'Cat's Eye'. 

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