Cockroaches and Snowmen: Liminal Spaces as Liberating Mechanisms in Hage and Atwood

Although optimism does not lie on the surface of Rawi Hage’s Cockroach and Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake, the texts are existential discussions of the validity associated with the ‘hope for humanity’. Hage’s unnamed narrator, a suicidal immigrant, is a psychoanalytic experiment left to wander a convoluted capitalist world, while Atwood’s Snowman/Jimmy is a man … Read moreCockroaches and Snowmen: Liminal Spaces as Liberating Mechanisms in Hage and Atwood

Exploring Irony as a Coping Mechanism for the Failed Model of Universalism: ‘The Buddha of Suburbia’ and ‘Cockroach’

Both Hanif Kureishi’s Buddha of Suburbia (Buddha) and Rawi Hage’s Cockroach are situated within the diaspora writing that proliferates Canadian literature as a whole. Diaspora is a Greek word, a combination of the prefix dia- (meaning “through”) and the verb sperein (meaning “to sow” or “to scatter”) (Brent Hayes Edwards 41). Supposedly, this form of … Read moreExploring Irony as a Coping Mechanism for the Failed Model of Universalism: ‘The Buddha of Suburbia’ and ‘Cockroach’