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The White Tiger

Tomorrow I've a presentation on Aravind Adiga's The White Tiger to perform before a live, studio audience. The work of untangling the novel's Buddhist and Hindu symbolism is turning-out to be surprisingly tiring; the whole thing essentially becomes an entirely different book when you've unpacked the symbols, requiring a re-reading of what the story actually means. The task is complicated a bit by the fact that the Buddhist symbols are being filtered through the deformed consciousness of the main-character, The White Tiger, and my suspicion that the authour doesn't completely grasp the depth of the symbols which he's employing. As a result, there's a bit of guesswork involved as to how much symbolic depth has been consciously written into the book, and how much of their deformation is a product of the main-character, as opposed to the authour.

I need a nap.

Edit: It's nearly two-o'clock in the morning and I think that I have this thing arranged in some sort of comprehensible order.

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tashamonster
Mar. 30th, 2009 12:23 am (UTC)
ahhh that sounds like a fun project! I loved my religious studies courses above all else back in my McGill days.
ccord
Mar. 30th, 2009 05:29 am (UTC)
Would you believe that this is for a political theory course? Last semester's highlights included my lecture on Plato/Socrates' argument for the eternal nature of the psyche and its transmigration. I'm not quite sure how I keep getting away with doing stuff like this. :-)
tashamonster
Mar. 30th, 2009 02:52 pm (UTC)
dude, that's awesome! way to work the system to get what you want out of it :)
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